I almost had a heart attack (oa!) when I found out how much our Meralco bill for the month of June was. Actually, opening the envelope of our electric bill is always like opening the Ms. Universe winner’s envelope. Parating may kaba. Haha. Our June electric bill gave me a big shock (electric shock lol). I was expecting a lower consumption compared to last month’s since our bakasyonistas (my husband’s relatives) went back to the province but contrary to my expectation, it went up by 100 plus kWh. Then, I remembered that early June, I was notified by the Condo Admin staff that they changed our unit’s electric meter. It may be the cause. I’m not certain. I will talk to the admin staff first before I make a conclusion. It may be our actual electric consumption and I just find it difficult to admit. Here’s the rundown of our appliances and their corresponding usage:
refrigerator – 24/7
water dispenser (hot and cold) – 24/7
water heater (shower) – 1 hour/day (approx.)
0.5 HP aircon (master’s bedroom) - 10 hours/day (approx.)
1.5 HP aircon (living/dining area) – 5 hours/day (approx.)
0.5 HP aircon (guest room/nanny’s room) – 1 hour/day (average) We let our guests use the AC 24/7 or as their hearts’ desire. We are hospitable like that. haha
Electric fan – 18 hours/day
Induction cooker – 2 hours/day (approx.)
Rice cooker – 30 mins./day (However, I realized that we don’t pull the plug immediately after the “warm” indicator turns red.)
Bottle Sterilizer – 30 mins/day
TV – 12 hours/day
Question: Is our P5,800 electric bill justified? I still don’t know. What I know is that we could still decrease our electric consumption. We will try to do the following:
1. Turn off the Water Dispenser at night.
2. Decrease the time of aircon usage by at least 3 hours per day.
3. Pull the rice cooker’s plug 3 minutes after it switches to “warm” mode.
4. Don’t use the water heater if the weather is not chilly.
Do you have any other power saving tips?