With prices increasing all around us, it’s really a challenge to find ways to adjust our lifestyles to adapt to the changing economic situation. This means that corners have to be cut, vacations have to be reduced and shopping trips have to happen less often.
One of the aspects of home life that we need to change in order to adapt to the current economic situation is of course, energy consumption.
First, check out this neat infographic created by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) on the usage cost of electrical appliances at home:
(Note: Based on an average usage at 28.47 sen/kWh)
If you wish to identify electricity consumption of your appliances as well as the equivalent carbon footprint, please click here. Pretty nifty, no?
Now, onto 8 awesome ways you can save electricity and cut down your energy bill starting today!
#1 Load up the Washing Machine
Avoid washing quarter or half load as every wash consumes more or less the same amount of energy, regardless of how full it is.
#2 Iron Continuously
It takes up a lot of energy to get an iron heated up so if you’re ironing, you shouldn’t turn the heating on and off as this consumes more energy. Dedicate an hour or two a week to iron all your clothes. This way, you’ll have freshly pressed workwear every morning!
#3 Shower without the Heater
On warm days, which are the majority of days in Malaysia, consider showering without turning on the heater. Utilise the heater for cold and rainy days or days when you’re feeling unwell and need a warm shower.
#4 Unplug Electrical Appliances
This step is to ensure that appliances which are not in use are not accidentally left switched on and connected to an energy supply.
#5 Spend Time in One Space
Instead of having all the family members in different rooms every night and the lights, fans and air conditioning in these rooms blasting away, why not gather the family in the living room for a night of family friendly activity. Try this two or three times a week and you’ll see a difference.
#6 Air Dry Clothes and Dishes
Since Malaysia is a warm country, things tend to dry easily. Therefore, cut down on the usage of dish or clothes dryers.
#7 Close Windows and Doors When Switching on the Air-Cond
Keeping cool wind in a small space is more energy efficient than letting all of the cold escape through openings. Using a timer will ensure that the air-conditioner shuts off immediately after the room has cooled down.
#8 Let Natural Light In
Open windows and push aside curtains to let natural light in so that you don’t have to turn on the lights during the day.