12 Great Ways To Reduce Your Power/ Electricity Bills in Nigeria

There are several energy saving tips you could easily implement to save energy and reduce crazy bills. If you’re tired of your rising electricity bills or crazy estimated billings, these are small habits you can implement daily. They’ll further lead to very huge savings which you can then use to make great investments that not only helps the environment but also reduce your energy bills on the long run.

Here are twelve smart ways to reduce these bills, so here we go:

SMART WAY 1: MAKE THAT SWITCH TO ENERGY SAVING APPLIANCES AND DEVICES

Dryers, washing machines, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners are some energy-intensive appliances in a home and replacing these machines with better energy efficient or energy saving models can cut the electricity usage by half, thereby reducing your electricity bills.

For a start, you can always check out the power ratings of these devices before buying them. Generally, maintaining and replacing these appliances every few years will make them have less burden on your electricity usage. Anything beyond a 15W bulb will continuously drill holes in your pocket.

SMART WAY 2: UNPLUG ALL DEVICES WHEN THEY ARE NOT IN USE. 

This also comes in very handy as a safety precaution for our homes from fire incidents and many other events. Don’t leave devices on standby but rather unplug them immediately when not in use and save your electricity bill, and the planet on the long term.

SMART WAY 3: TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS WHEN LEAVING A ROOM

Turn off all lights in your rooms when they are not necessarily in use – and when you’re not in these rooms or leaving your homes. You can save a good chunk of your monthly electricity costs by doing something as simple as this regularly.

SMART WAY 4: USE LED LIGHTS – ENERGY SAVING LIGHTS

Energy saving bulbs for all your lighting needs instead of the outdated halogen bulbs. If you’re in the process of building a house or your home – ensure you apply the green code and build green buildings. Check the power ratings – anything beyond a 15W bulb today increases your power costs.

SMART WAY 5: REDUCE THE RATES OF YOUR WATER CONSUMPTION AND AVOID WASTES.

Most houses have pumping machines and many of these pumps consume so much electricity in getting water into your homes. To reduce costs, find a way of conserving water or better still maximize the use of your water or find a way to recycle it.

SMART WAY 6: REDUCE THE AVERAGE ROOM TEMPERATURE WITHIN YOUR HOME

Use a thermostat for constant checks and ensure the temperature is always at a low as this tend to reduce the need for you to switch on the air conditioners which eventually helps you save costs. Modern home construction technologies and roofing materials/systems have seen builders improve in the way they design homes to ensure proper ventilation and cooling without the need for electricity to counter the heat often generated in the house. So, the cooler your house, the lower your electricity bills. Be on the look out for this feature, when next you go house hunting.

SMART WAY 7: ALWAYS WASH AT LOW TEMPERATURE

As stated earlier, lower temperatures contribute to lower utility costs. If you’ll be using a washing machine, always wash at low temperature because lower temperatures allows your machine use less energy and increase the efficiency of your washing machines.

SMART WAY 8: COOK FOOD YOUR WITH THE LIDS ON

If you are using electric cookers and other types of cookers that actually uses electricity, then you’ll do well to always put the lids on. When you’re cooking with the lids, you are making sure to lessen the cooking time and water usage significantly. Covering pots and pans helps to trap heat within the pot so you can cook things much quicker, or achieve the same level of boiling or frying without having the hob turned up so high. This can save about 3% in energy costs, per pan.

SMART WAY 9: SWITCH TO DOUBLE GLAZING WINDOWS 

Double glazing windows have been found to be improve energy efficiency which further reduces energy bills and even increases the value of your house in today’s market. The advantage of these windows and the value they add to valuation of your home on the long run makes up for its costs.

SMART WAY 10: USE SMART METERS TO TRACK YOUR ELECTRICITY USAGE

If you’re yet to get a prepaid meter from your DISCO, now is the time for you to do all what you can to get them. These smart meters are precise and can help you keep a track of your consumption in real-time, and where you can reduce it. If you need help, get in touch with our team at Demanex as we have a metering division that handles such projects.

STEP 11: SWITCH TO SOLAR 

Now is the time to switch to Solar Power Systems if you truly want to save costs and reduce your crazy estimated electricity bills. Also buy solar powered devices as you only need power from the sun to get these tools or devices working. Your solar system can also be customized as a hybrid system that works with your existing power service providers.

STEP 12:USE SMART AUTOMATED DEVICES

Smart automated devices can lower your energy bills even when you forget to regulate them. Smart automation systems will detect when you’re no longer using a device and turn off the power supply.

Many homeowners and real estate developers today are looking for better ways to develop smart homes because these type of homes ease the lives of people and also help reduce carbon footprints. Smart devices usually detect when a device is in use and powered on and turn them off when not in use.

Most times, we humans may forget to switched off devices when they are not in use but these smart devices don’t, and these days – who doesn’t want them in their house? A smart home will only increase in demand and this is a much better way to increase the value of your home.

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