I love having some savings from my gas bills at the end of every month and here is how I do it
Top 4 Smart Tips That Will Make You Pay Less Utility Bills and Save Money
Monthly energy bills can be a pain in the neck, especially for folks on direct debit from energy companies. This brilliant article is written to bring out smart approach, on how anyone reading this article can save money on gas bills using some elementary gas laws learnt in 10th grade. Don't worry it isn't rocket science but simply a fact based approach that works really well at home and in the office. Effort was also put in place to make it simple, and yet fascinating without boring you with scientific technicalities. The information provided will make you becone aware of some avoidable energy wasteful habits practiced at home and how to turn it around for your own advantage . Read on to discover four smart ways that you can pay less energy bills monthly by just doing the recommendations below
1. Gas Kinetics
Based on kinetic theory of gases, gases are always in a continuous random motion. The brilliant idea this suggests is that during winter, the weather is cold and the random motion of gases is slowed down causing the gas molecules to eventually align themselves together. By this arrangement, gas molecules occupy same mass but higher density. So if you are in the tropics and using retailed gas cylinders, you will buy more dense gases at same price.
Unfortunately, the average home is getting extra gas supply during winter and autumn than in summer and spring. This is because gas companies will spend more energy to generate higher pressure that will pump the gas into homes and offices. The consequent cost is therefore billed on consumers in cold climates.
This truth is on the contrary in tropical and temperate climates using retailed gas cylinders. The reason is that the energy companies do not require extra operational cost to pump the gases because the temperature is appropriate.
However, there is a trade-off. In certain places it can turn out freezing cold or temperatures drop towards sub–zero. The implication is that consumers will be compelled by the weather to consume more energy in order to keep warm at home, hence spending a little more than usual. You can conserve energy by never renting a basement flat regardless of the offer. Moreover, home floors at cold regions should be wooden floor or rugged floor to conserve heat. Also make sure your window blinds and curtains do not cover your heater.
Another trade–off is that gas companies spends more energy generating high enough pressure to pump gas into our homes during winter, and pass on the cost to final consumers. Little wonder our bills are little higher during winters and autumn than summer and spring. Nevertheless, resisting the urge to keep “extremely warm” at home can help home owners save some money on gas bills.
2. Gas Pressure
The Service engineer will not pass on this information to homeowners, and tenants, on how to conserve energy using the gas pressure gauge. The gas pressure gauge should be working properly if left untampered. It is located behind your kitchen cabinet, dishwasher, gas cooker or house flooring's. However, for prepaid and postpaid energy gas customers, the energy companies are mandated by regulations to ensure high safety levels and will not border you with the servicing and maintenance.
Gas pressure is generated by the energy company to pump the gas molecules into homes for prepaid and postpaid gas customers. Hence, what is actually important is knowing the location of the metre gauge at home, and understanding the readings. This gas pressure gauge has got green, yellow and red markings with a pointer that indicates the accurate gas pressure at any particular point in time.
When the pointer is at the yellow marking, it is a warning signal, and may indicate pressure drop at some point in the pipeline. Similarly, when the pointer is at red signals, it is likely indicating you are running out of gas, or gas pressure is high. Ideally, the desired marking is when the pointer is on green markings.
The implication is that when the red and yellow pointers shows up for long durations, do not hesitate to contact the service man. The reason is by virtue of gas pressure fluctuations which affect the velocity of the gas and impacts gas to flow measurement.
At higher pressure, gas energy is wasted and at low pressure energy is inadequately supplied. The cost savings are accrued if the gas consumer ensures that the gas pressure reading stays permanently at green indicators. This green pointer confirms no leakage and that gas pressure gauge is functioning optimally.
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3. Cooking and Defrosting
Cooking consumes energy and it is the sole responsibility of homeowners to prepare their meal with minimum energy consumption. Subsequently, I suggest that pressure pot or airtight cooking pot is ideal to for meal defrosting or dinner preparation.
Defrost your frozen meal by putting it inside a pot, and make a small hole using a kitchen knife at the middle of the “about to be defrosted food.” Then pour little water in that hole and more water around the surrounding area just enough that is sufficient for that food, and lock the airtight pot.
Cooking involves adding your food items together with the ingredients, and covering the pot. Then lock the airtight pot and turn on the gas to mid-level to give you blue flame, and not yellow flame. .
In both instances, allow the cooking pot to simmer for 5–10 Mins before increasing the blue flame to the highest intensity to properly cook the food.This procedure ensures that a little quantity of the food is defrosted initially and induce freezing point depression to defrost the rest of the frozen food.
Additionally, freezing point depression is reduced quickly, and boiling point elevation is increased rapidly. The connection is that the heat energy trapped inside the airtight pot is conserved and utilized proficiently. Also, thermal equilibrium will be quickly attained inside the pot. This supplied heat energy will defrost the food and cook up the meal, since it cannot escape from the pot and built a resultant high–enough pressure.
4. Optimum Usage
It is advisable for retailed gas cylinder users to open gas valve or nozzle in the morning and turn it off at bedtime. This action will cut–off gas supply to the pipe and save cost on leakages
Always prevent children from playing with, and around the gas cooker. This saves them from burns, cuts and bruises. Accordingly, smoking pans/pots should trigger the fire alarm in the kitchen or you cover the burnt pot until smoke diminishes.
More importantly, ensure regular cleaning of the gas cooker, such as the pan–rest, fire nozzles, and knob from every rust, corrosion and dirt. This improves the overall efficiency of the gas cooker.
Then again, it is Imperative to be sensitive to gas leakages from your neighborhood. This is particularly important to retailed gas cylinder users. Organo-sulfur is added in the home cooking gas to provide that unique putrid odor, and also for early detection of leakages to prevent catastrophes.
Furthermore, flame tests should be visually performed to ensure your gas flame is blue flame and avoid yellow flames at all cost. This is because at yellow flame, the gas cooker simply changes the wavelength resulting to lower intensity and higher gas consumption.
A fire incident is sometimes inevitable in the kitchen and requires prompt action to salvage the situation. Accordingly, there are simple home chemistry procedures that can prevent fire outbreak and save lives and are as discussed
- Home detergents contain linear alkyl benzene sulfonate, sodium carbonate, sodium silicate and cellulose gum etc. Moreover, their presence and concentration levels depend on the country regulation. However, add detergent or tablets of laundry soap into the water and make soapy water. Swiftly, pour the soapy water on the fire and observe the fire diminish. The objective is that the foam and soapy water weaken the power of the fire.
- Baking soda is a regular item found in the kitchens. This flower is very useful with pot fires caused by fats and oil. Take a handful of the powder and disperse quickly inside a pot and cover the airtight. Although baking soda decomposes at 50 oC, however the release of carbon dioxide and water will slow down the fire. Although this is not recommended to be used in place of extinguishes, but when seconds count, and alternatives are absent, baking soda is handy.
- For kitchen related fire incidents from fats and oils, and organics it is advisable for homes to use class–F fire extinguishers or wet chemical type extinguisher. But peradventure the fires escalates; quickly dial the fire stations for help
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The discussions above can be able to save you some money on the depending on your usage frequency. and also keep you from cooking fire disasters. Some other useful practices such as turning down your smart thermostat, move furniture and curtains away from radiators, upgrading to gas efficient appliances and installing smart monitors will ultimately contribute to paying less gas bills and conserving energy at home
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