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6 Clever Ways to Save Electricity at Home

Little changes can help you manage the skyrocketing charges

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Given today’s rising prices, it’s no longer surprising to see an increase in our electricity bill. While working on small adjustments help make it a little manageable, allotting thousands every month just for utilities can put a dent on our household budget. What can we do aside from limiting the use of AC units and turning off appliances that are not in use? Keep in mind these tried-and-tested must-dos that can help you save energy:

Work with a power strip.

Are you familiar with the term phantom load? This refers to the amount of energy appliances like TVs, computers, and stereos consume even when they’re turned off.


According to an article by The Spruce, these must-haves use up to 75 percent of the energy when turned off. The solution? Unplugging these devices when they’re not in use. Since doing this takes effort (especially if the plugs are difficult to reach), you may want to explore the possibilities of having a power strip. A power strip is a device that connects to a standard power outlet and lets you turn off a group of appliances with just a flip of a switch. Keep in mind that a power strip is different from an extension cord. Consult with an electrician or an expert if you’re unsure about connections around your house.

Opt for LED bulbs.


After reading this tip multiple times, have you made the smart switch yet? LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than ordinary bulbs making it a worthy investment. If you’re still not a hundred percent convinced, start slowly by replacing the most used lights in your home with LED lighting. Consider replacing the lights in your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.

Turn off your stove and ovens a few minutes early.

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When cooking or reheating meals, you can make use of buildup heat. When frying food, you can switch off the stove when you’re almost done and let the residual heat get the job done. The same rule applies when you’re reheating snacks using the toaster—a second batch of sandwiches can make use of the heat after you’re done with the first batch.

Consider installing ceiling fans.


While desk and stand fans help us beat the heat and prolong the cooling effects of the AC unit, a ceiling fan can greatly help when it comes to air circulation. It can also cover a bigger area compared to standard fans.

Air dry or line dry your clothes.


Nothing beats our good old trusty sampayan! When the sun’s out, you may want to make use of the clothesline outside your home to dry the clothes you just washed. Got no space for a clothesline? You can always depend on a drying rack. Given our unpredictable weather, it’s best to stay alert and be ready for rain showers.

Save up for a huge investment and look into having solar panels.

What was once a futuristic idea has become a sought-after home solution these days. Having solar panels and building a sustainable home have attracted many homeowners because of the promise of a better home and savings in the long run. UnionBank and power solutions provider LuminAsia Renewables and Green Energy offer affordable plans than help cardholders avail of solar energy.


Solar panels can contribute to your monthly savings, reduce household temperature, extend the lifespan of the roof, and decrease your carbon footprint. Through credit card financing at zero interest, you can start transforming your space into a green home. To learn more about this offer, visit a UnionBank branch near you.

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Sources: CNet | The Spruce

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