Recently I read an article that proclaimed consumers will benefit from reduced electricity bills in April. Although that news is definitely welcome, how much will consumers really save in April?
Well a J.P.S press release stated in the article that, “..the overall impact on the bill of a typical residential customer using 165 kilowatt-hours per month will see the bill moving from $7,071.57 for March to $6,586.80 for April – a decline of $484.77.”
Finally consumers will benefit from a real ‘Easter’ surprise. The company has also stated that electricity costs are linked to fuel prices as well as the movement of the Jamaican dollar.
So the decrease might not be sustained for the rest of the months in the year.
This means that while consumers can enjoy the lowered bills this month, they must make a determined effort to do what they can to conserve electricity. Although there are other factors that affect the cost, consumers can lower their bills on a long term basis if they employ specific measures.
A number of Jamaicans recognize the need to conserve electricity so they use the florescent light bulbs instead of the incandescent ones.
Is this the only way to conserve electricity?
Well another way to conserve electricity is to ensure that small appliances are plugged out when not in use.
Let’s not forget to unplug those chargers! It might be convenient to leave chargers in the wall ready at anytime to charge your phone but they are still drawing power that is going nowhere.
Whenever you’re done charging a device just unplug it and leave it near the outlet. It is worth the extra three seconds of time it will add to your daily routine.
Those of us who have air conditioners in our homes should also remember to shut off power from the breaker as well as turning the unit off to avoid higher bills. Some persons go as far as plugging out their refrigerators at nights but this is not always practical.
How do you conserve electricity? Let me hear from you!
Teri Ann Renee Paisley
Gleaner online Writer