Small Steps, Big Savings
How much is my electricity bill for the month? Am I spending more on electricity and water in summer than I normally do? It must be the heat!
We hear this typical conversation almost every day. However, people want to spend their money wisely, maintain their standard of living, and find a way to spend less – yet no one wants to make compromises on certain things we enjoy and need. None of us can live without water or electricity – we all tend to consume more in the hot months, but, we can take certain non-costly and often free simple measures that can significantly reduce our energy consumption. As a company that provides specialized facilities management solutions, we help our clients reduce unnecessary electricity consumption every day.
Let us take one of the biggest culprits of high-energy bills – Air Conditioning. If you regularly service your AC units, make sure filters are clean, ducts are clear and motors are working as they should, they actually improve air quality, work better and of course, consume less electricity. Regular maintenance also avoids major issues happening in your AC units in the future.
While properly maintaining your ACs is important, it is only one thing you can do to save on your monthly bills – Proper insulation is also key. You don’t want your valuable ‘cool air’ escaping your homes or offices – there are plenty of ways to do that and your property manager can advise you the best way to do so to meet your requirements. And of course, we all heard about keeping your air conditioning set to 24 C – which is the optimal temperature for the body. With each degree you are able to raise on your thermostat or chiller set point, you can save between 3% and 5% of your air conditioning costs and that can add up significantly.
Another major electricity consumer are lights and appliances. Installing motion sensors in common spaces to switch off lights automatically when nobody is occupying a space can hugely save on your bills. Energy saving light bulbs also affect positively – they cost more to start with, but the long-term savings are impressive.
On appliances, many people do not realize that having your various necessities plugged in will consume electricity even when not in use. If you’re travelling for example, unplug your TV and Washing Machine – even unplug your phone charger when not in use.
Before we end this post, it’s important to address water consumption – while our advice would always be to minimize your usage, taking small steps can lead to big results. For example, water saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures can give you the same results as using your ordinary fixtures while saving water. Irrigation fixtures are also as important. Don’t use the hose to water your plants, use an irrigation system that waters your garden at the right time, without wasting any resources and paying hefty water bills.
Our advice on saving can go on and on, but in simple terms, we want you to realize that saving on your energy bills starts with you – It does not need to cost you huge amounts of money. Smart, simply energy solutions are the way forward.
Finally yet importantly, always remember that energy saving is not only good for you, it is also good for the environment by reducing the Carbon dioxide emission.