Common Habits That Lead to High Electricity Bills
Due to rising inflation, most Pakistani citizens are trying to reduce their utility bills.
Electricity prices are constantly increasing and every month many people get confused by the bill and do not understand why the bill is so high.
But many times people’s own specific habits also lead to an increase in the electricity bill.
Learn about some common habits that lead to high electricity bills.
Do not turn off the product switches.
If you think that after turning off the television (TV) with the remote control it is not consuming electricity, then this idea is wrong.
Electrical products that are off but plugged into a switch use a small amount of electricity at all times.
The term vampire energy is used for this.
Mobile phone chargers, TV plugs, and similar electrical products always use a small amount of electricity when unplugged, adding to bills.
Defective light bulb
There are different types of light bulbs available to light up the home these days and they all use different amounts of electricity.
Incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs waste a lot of electricity and add to the bill, while LED bulbs are more energy efficient.
In fact, LED bulbs use up to 75 percent less electricity than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer, helping to lower long-term energy bills.
If the doors and windows are not closed properly, the electricity bill can increase significantly, especially if you use an air conditioner (AC).
If air is leaking through windows or doors, it means the AC system will have to work harder to keep the room or home cool, which will increase energy costs.
Use of outdated and less efficient products
Older products are not as energy efficient as newer products, which has a significant impact on electricity bills.
For example, older fans use more electricity than newer fans, as do products like refrigerators and televisions.
Misuse of AC thermostat
If you keep increasing or decreasing the AC temperature according to the weather, you are also increasing the electricity bill.
For example, if you turn the AC temperature down from 26 degrees to 16 degrees on a very hot day and expect it to cool the room quickly, know that it won’t.
So lowering the temperature from 26 degrees to 16 degrees means that the AC has to run longer, which in turn increases the electricity bill.
This is because the ACA thermostat shuts down the compressor only after the desired temperature is reached.
When you lower the temperature, it means the compressor has to run longer to reach the desired temperature.
This not only increases the electricity bill but also reduces the lifespan of the AC system.
Using more electricity during peak hours
The price of electricity in Pakistan varies according to different times of the day and the unit rate is usually highest in the evening.
This is why consuming more electricity during peak hours also increases the bill significantly, if you do laundry, use AC or other such activities during this time, the bill will be higher. This should come as no surprise.
Don’t take care of your product
Not taking care of cleaning and servicing of AC, refrigerator and other such electrical products is also a major reason for the increase in electricity bills.
If the AC filters get dirty, it becomes difficult for the machine to work, resulting in high power consumption.
The same is the case with refrigerators and other electrical products.
Don’t rely on natural light.
Small bulbs don’t seem like they use much electricity, but leaving them on during the day means you’re using electricity, which not only wastes energy, but also adds to the bill.