Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The onset of summer brings with it unbearable high temperatures that pose a risk to people's health and safety.

It is the time of the year when everyone seeks refuge under the air conditioner.

However, this also leads to a spike in your electricity bill. But, don't worry!

There are certain things that you can do to reduce your electricity bill while still enjoying the coolness of the air conditioner. 

Turn Off lights and appliances when not in use:

The most basic thing one should do to reduce electricity consumption is to turn off lights, fans, home appliances, and other electronic devices when they are not in use.

It is advisable to not keep appliances on standby mode as they continue to consume some electricity. Therefore, it is recommended to turn off the appliance completely.

This applies to appliances such as the TV, air conditioner, washing machine, and others that have a standby mode.

By doing this, you can save a significant amount of electricity and reduce your overall electricity bill.

Use energy-efficient appliances:

Appliances with higher energy efficiency ratings consume less power than those with lower ratings.

For instance, a 1.5-ton 5-star AC consumes approximately 800 units per year, while a 3-star AC with the same capacity uses around 975 units per year.

The same principle applies to other household appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and TVs.

Using energy-efficient appliances not only helps reduce your electricity bill but also contributes to a greener planet by consuming fewer resources.

Therefore, it is recommended to opt for energy-efficient appliances when shopping for new household products.

Use smart home devices:

Integrating a smart home setup in your household can significantly reduce your electricity bills.

With smart home devices like smart lights, smart plugs, and smart switches, you can automate various functions and even schedule them to turn on or off at specific times.

For instance, you can use a smart plug or a universal Wi-Fi remote to schedule your AC's operating time at night.

The same can be done for geysers, motors, room heaters, and other heavy appliances.

Moreover, you can set your smart lights to turn on automatically at sunset and off at sunrise.

By using smart home devices, you can save a substantial amount of electricity and make your home more energy-efficient.