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    Power Saving

    I've never really paid much attention to power consumption before, but since we've moved into the new place which is much larger our power bills now average $200 per month, and that's certainly got my attention.

    The power bill in our last house averaged about $100. So I'm thinking about what has changed and the biggest thing is that there are usually three air-conditioners on each night rather than two (my Dad's now staying for an extended period), the rooms being air-conditioned are also much larger in volume, but have far superior insulation (upvc windows, double bricked walls, roof insulation etc), so I'm guessing that it pretty much balanced out.

    We also have a 100L electric hot water tank, whilst before we used one of the small on demand units on the wall of each shower.

    Obviously we have more lights, but I did the sums on the use of those energy saver light bulbs and realised it added up to next to nothing.

    So here's my plan:
    • Turn the heat down on the hot water tank so it doesn't need to be mixed with cold to make it a comfortable temperature
    • Put a timer on the hot water tank, so that we have hot water for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple in the evening
    • Use the air-conditioners on the dry setting in addition to a stand up fan at night
    • Stop leaving my overpowered computer on 24/7/365 ;-)
    Anyone else have any tips or advice on my existing ideas?

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    Electric kettle, only put in as much water as you need
    Don't iron all your shirts

    And my pet hate - don't leave a 42" TV on all day when no-one is watching it

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    Sounds good. Things which make things hot or cold are what nail you. I had two older refrigerators and one freezer. I got rid of all three, and replaced them with two, new refrigerators with large freezer compartments. Monthly bill dropped about $80. I use the individual hot water heaters in the bathrooms, but turn off my water pump for most of the day and all evening - it is a power drain. I have five AC units, but they are very rarely used. My bill when I built this very large house was close to $300 monthly; I now have it down under $200. I won't do much better than that given the very high utility rates in the Philippines.

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    Chris, almost forgot. In about ten years, put an automatic ten minute shut off on the water heater in your daughter's bathroom. My 12 year old daughter seems to think 1 hour long hot showers are an entitlement. Unlike her twin brother, who thinks getting his hair wet counts, and soap is in there for decoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Electric kettle, only put in as much water as you need
    Don't iron all your shirts

    And my pet hate - don't leave a 42" TV on all day when no-one is watching it
    Good advice. I once turned off everything in the house to stop the disc in the meter moving. I then turned on different appliances to see which made the disc move fastest. I got a real surprise with the iron. It sent the meter into a frenzy that only the air con could compete with. I no longer iron my boxers.

    As for our 29 inch analogue TV, when we were having power slumps last year, sometimes all electrical appliances in the house would slowly stop, even the lights. The only thing that could get by with hardly any power at all was the TV ???
    Strange one that.

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    Buy some fans, the aircon takes a lot of juice, you could also fit instantaneous water heaters to your showers and kitchen and bathroom sinks.

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    Also all new appliances nowadays have energy ratings, that will be where davis' 80 bucks saving came in,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    Buy some fans, the aircon takes a lot of juice
    and set the aircon temp at 27C

    comfortable and not cold

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    One advantage of marrying an Issan girl is they are power misers.
    Mine used to insist on pulling the plugs on everything when not in use.
    I finally installed power strips with a master switch on each and after a year or two, convinced her that turning off the switch would do the same thing.

    She only watches TV about an hour a day. I don't watch it at all.
    We always turn off lights when not in a room.
    Use fans and only air-con when it's really hot (later afternoon)

    Our electric bill is usually between 400-800 baht/month. (2 bedroom house)

    Most of that is probably my and my son's computers and screens as our lights are all low power florescents.
    We are not anal about it, just aware of when we are wasting.

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    my bill shot up when my niece came to visit

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