Reasons Why Your Electricity Bill Is So High
You've been paying more for your electricity bill in recent months, and you can't figure out why. Here are 5 reasons why your electricity consumption may have risen.
1. You Forget to Switch Off Power Sources When Not in Use
It's all too easy to forget to switch off the power sources linked to our appliances, especially when we're rushing to work, or simply too tired to remember. We get it. We suggest making it a habit to switch off appliances and unplug devices from power sources to prevent your monthly electricity bill from rising unnecessarily.
2. You Have A New Electrical Appliance
Depending on the type of appliance you have purchased, the amount of energy it consumes (and hence, the additional expenses incurred) differs. According to the website Spark Energy, the Top 10 most common residential appliances in order of energy consumption are:
1. Central Air Conditioner (2 ton): 1450 kWh/month
2. Water Heater (4-person household): 310/kWh/month
3. Refrigerator (17-20 cubic foot): 205 kWh/month
4. Dryer: 75 kWh/month
5. Oven Range: 58 kWh/month
6. Lighting 4-5 room household: 50 kWh/month
7. Dishwasher: 30 kWh/month
8. Television: 27 kWh/month
9. Microwave: 16 kWh/month
10. Washing Machine: 9 kWh/month
3. You Have Been Mostly Staying Home
Singapore's Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 inadvertently turned us into homebodies, and even now, most of us are still working from home, typing away at our laptop, plugged in, while our fans and air-conditioners work to cool us down in the sweltering heat. It's thus understandable that your electricity bill may have shot up in recent months.
4. Your Existing Appliances Are Not Energy Efficient
5. Over-Charging Devices
Charging your phone till it's near-full or full is more than sufficient, since over-charging brings more harm than good – doing it over the long term reduces the phone's battery life and is one of the culprits of higher-than-average electricity bills.
We hope you learnt a thing or two from this article. At the end of the day, electricity bills ought to be manageable and affordable.
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