TIPS FOR OWNERS #2 |
Saving on Your Electric BillThe electric bill for your condo unit comes due every month, regardless of whether you or a guest are ever in the unit. It has been observed that a normal size frost-free refrigerator-freezer, without ever being opened, will use about 220 kilowatt-hours (kwh) in one month. At the current LPEA rate for electric power (10.4¢ per kwh), the cost is $22.88. If the unit is occupied for a number of days and the fridge is opened and closed normally, the power consumption could easily double. This does not take into account the power used for lights, the dishwasher, the washer/dryer, or for heat during the October-April months. Additionally, the LPEA bill always includes a "base charge" and various taxes. So how can any savings or efficiencies be accomplished on your electric power bill? There are a number of practical procedures that can help:
For instance, 2BR units have four 75 watt bulbs in the kitchen ceiling and two in the hallway. Assuming the unit is occupied 21 days a month, and the lights are "on" an average of 10 hours each day, the power consumption for the month would be 94.5 kwh, costing $9.83. If the bulbs are replaced by comparable 15 watt compact fluorescent bulbs, the cost for the month would be $1.97. Consider this: Even though compact fluorescent bulbs cost more initially, normal incandescent bulbs burn out much more frequently. The long-term savings are appreciable. |