Consuming too much electricity? These tips may help reduce your bill to under RM100 per month.
With the rising cost, the last thing you would like to see is a costly electricity bill. When I purchased my home last year, I’ve already decided to spend more on the appliances in order to save money in the long run.
Before I share my tips, please take note of the current tariff set by TNB:
First 200 kWh is RM0.218
Next 100 kWh is RM0.334
Next 300 kWh is RM0.516
Subsidy by Federal Government RM35.61
My tips are only applicable if you’re moving to a new
1. Install only LED Lights
This is one of the best tips I can give if you’re moving to a new house and no lights have been installed yet. LED lights are cheap, easy to install, responsive and should last for a long time. I paid for around RM15-18 per light.
2. Invest on 5-star energy rating inverter air-conditioners
In a tropical and humid climate like Malaysia, you’ll need at least one unit of air-conditioner installed in your home. Although inverter air-conditioners are costlier than conventional air-conditioners, in the long run you’ll be able to save thousands of Ringgit. I personally like Panasonic Econavi units. I managed to get a good deal from Jintex Electronics in Petaling Jaya. There are other popular brands of energy saving air-conditioners like Daikin (formerly York), Sharp, LG and Samsung.
3. Set room temperature to 24-26°C
I used to live overseas but prior to that, I have very little understanding of the temperature concept. This is probably why many office buildings or shopping malls in Malaysia are very cold because the temperature is set under 20°C. You should consider setting your air-conditioner around 24-26°C because if you set it to 17°C, your air-conditioner will need to work extremely hard to reach this temperature and it will reduce its life span.
4. Install solar-powered water heater
Hot water shower is great to have but most people would opt for the instant water heater. Although they don’t cost a lot but they consume a lot of energy. I also don’t like the fact that there’s always a risk of electrocution with this device in the shower. The one installed in my home runs solely on solar except for the control panel which allows me I’m allows me to monitor the temperature and water level.
5. Use the stove to heat water for drinking
Although electric kettle is convenient, they consume quite a lot of power. Heating water using gas is more cost effective. However, if you don’t have a choice, heat up only the amount of water you need to use.
6. Turn off the lights and switches
Having all energy saving devices is useless if you’re not sensible when using them. Turn off the lights and switches when you’re not using them. Some devices like air-conditioner can programmed to turn off at certain times.
7. Use natural light
Most modern homes are designed to allow natural light to enter. My home was designed like this so there’s no need for me to use the light during the day.
These are just some of my tips to make my electricity bill under RM100 per month but they may not be applicable for everyone. If you have any energy saving tip, please share them below!