Better ways to use electricity
By doing a few simple things, you can cut your electricity bills, and help make Nigeria more energy-efficient – and that is good for us all.
Here are some ways to do this…
Buy the most energy-efficient appliances that you can
The most energy efficient appliances are rated A++++, but even those rated A+ will still use much less electricity. This is particularly important when buying a new fridge, freezer or air-conditioner, as they use a lot of power. These appliances are often a little more expensive to buy but are less expensive to run. This means you will make your money back through lower electricity bills.
Make sure you aren’t wasting electricity through poor connections and wiring
You can do this by having all your electrical work done by a qualified and competent professional. Having this work done by somebody who isn’t suitably qualified is also potentially dangerous.
When you are using an air conditioner keep your doors and windows closed
If you don’t, you will be wasting energy and money.
Keep your air-conditioner thermostat at 22-24 degrees
Trying to keep the temperature of a room lower than this will mean you are using more energy than you need to.
Use a fan rather than an air conditioner when possible
A fan uses less power and is cheaper to run.
Turn off lights and appliances
When you are not using a room, remember to switch the light off. When you are not using an appliance, switch it off. If you leave it on standby, it is still using electricity.
Use energy efficient light bulbs
These use less power and generally last longer.
Keep your fridge and freezer doors closed
Don’t leave them open for too long when you are taking things out or putting them in. If you do, the temperature inside rises and will have to be cooled again; this uses a lot of electricity.