Friday, January 15, 2010

Save Energy, Save Money

This year, one of my New Year resolutions is to save money by conserving energy. I came across a really cool and informative blog called Engin, which basically talks about everything energy-related. For instance, did you know that recycling one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours? Were you also aware that recycled paper saves 60 percent energy versus virgin paper? Worry not if you were unaware of these simple fun facts for I too was totally clueless until today! malu

Energy conservation is beneficial in a number of ways. Aside from increasing financial capital, environmental value, national and personal security as well as human comfort; conserving energy will also help you SAVE! By the way, our electricity bill last month amounted to almost RM500, which almost gave me a heart attack! Smiley

The high amount really threw me off course; scaring me into immediate panic mode so energy conservation is currently top priority on my resolution list. Anyway, it's about time B and I did more to save energy. We tend to have unnecessary lights on even though nobody is inside the room. And sometimes, we'd have the TV blaring outside in the living-room but both of us would be inside my home-office. I'd be working on my stuff and B happily surfing on his MacBook. ihikhik

I guess it's just out of habit and sheer forgetfulness that we sometimes overlook these small things. But they do add up and it's a waste of our hard-earned money so it has to stop! I did a little online research and came up with several easy ways to help us conserve energy and hopefully save every month. I hope they come in handy for you as well! senyumkenyit

1. Ensure your appliances are switched off or unplugged after using.

2. Reduce the amount of waste you produce. Buy minimally packaged goods, choose reusable products over disposable ones, and most importantly - RECYCLE.

3. Use less hot water by installing low-flow shower heads.

4. Clean or replace air filters when needed. Energy is lost when air conditioners have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters.

5. Buy energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, which may cost more but will definitely save money in the long run by using less energy whilst lasting 8-12 times longer.

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-



David Funk,  January 15, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

Hi Mariuca! :* :* :* :*

Great points about saving energy and money. It has been a problem for me at times as well in keeping the costs under control.

Have a great weekend my dear friend! ;) :)

LadyJava,  January 16, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

great tips GP.. thanks!
need to save money too and every way we can save it's worth a try!

Angel,  January 16, 2010 at 2:21 AM  

That's a great tip. Sometimes I have this sudden urge to be environmental-friendly (but only short bursts urges) and keep telling myself to save energy, save everything. *Sigh* If only the people around me can do the same too, it'd be easier for me to practice this..

Lil,  January 16, 2010 at 4:26 AM  

Good topic. In fact, there is a problem with my TNB Meter. Only a few days ago I visited Marang TNB office requesting them to check and change the meter. For the past months I've been paying around RM200.00+ per month for my electricity bill. I hardly use my air-conditioning units, instead I frequently use fans, but you know I am staying, I will only switch on the fan at the place I station. Most of my lightings are energy saving. Fridge, everybody have it, washing maching, everybody have it, imagine I'm staying alone. There is something wrong with the meter, it is running so fast.

So Marzie, if your bill is high go check the meter, see whether it is running too fast.

Have a beautiful Sunday.

Cheers! :) ;) 8-) :* :* :*,  January 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

we have to conserve our resources or else we are the one will be affected in the end.

Metz,  January 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

Been cutting down on energy expenses this year by using a lot of appliances that have the energy star on them. Even the gadgets that I use including my laptop have been tagged with a low power consumption. It has helped me save a bit and has helped me increase my savings for future emergencies :)

talrasha2007,  January 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

Olla marzie,

thanks for the tips. Yeah, my electricity bills are somewhere around rm220 - rm300 per month.

Need to save here and there.

Phillips 11w sure cost like rm11-18 than the typical rm2.50 normal bulp, but it does only use 11w .

talrasha2007,  January 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

except when i am alone..

memang rizal akan buka astro kat ruang tamu, radio di dapur dan juga radio di tingkat atas

sebab seraaaammmmmm, coz i can see kelibat orang perhatikan rizal. Aha : D

Marg,  January 16, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

Those are great hints on how to save energy. And that is really important. I try to cut down on everything. My house is a little chilly because I keep the thermostat down as much as I can stand. Thanks so much for this info

Feron,  January 17, 2010 at 5:35 AM  

Hi Marzie... that's a great post! These times we really have to conserve energy, it may look as little things but big ones when we lose it... have a beautiful sunday! :) ;) :)

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

Hey David Meow 1! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

:* :* :* LJ Meow 2!

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

And Angel Meow 3! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

Thanks for the chop peeps and don't forget to conserve energy! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

Thanks for reading David and I'm a little comforted to know that you too have been trying to cut costs...things are just getting pricier nowadays and saving energy and money sounds absolutely fitting right now. :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

Thanks LJ do make use of the tips as well, need to berjimat cermat...and I hope to cut down my electricity bill this month. *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Hey Angel! Well at least u get the sudden urge to go green every once in a while, better than to be totally ignorant right? We too try to do our part, and every little bit counts so saving what we can around the house is a good start, good luck sweetie! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

Good morning Lil, thanks sweetie! Ohhhh so what's the outcome on ur situasi, did they really overcharge u Lil? Last month our bill naik cause selalu pakai aircon...24/7.... usually tak pakai but since B was around at home most of the time, he gets hot easily and we were using the ac all the time... I reckon that's one of the reasons my bill went sky high! Let's see this month punya how much and good luck to u on ur TNB meter issue. Do let me know how it turns out yeah? :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

Hey there Lifemoto, thanks for ur input and that's a great reminder for us all, have a good day! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

Oh that's great Metz especially the laptop bit... I will also look around for appliances with the energy star on them next time. Thanks for the tip too! :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

Olla Rizal, you're welcome and I hope u find them useful! My bill around 300-350 la I would say, cuma last month terover pulak. I am planning to get the energy-saving bulbs too, nak gi IKEA ni! :-$ :-$ :-$ 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

Astaga ada kelibat org perhatikan Rizal it seems... thanks to ur "scary" comments at WOAFS, I mandi tadi pun buka pintu tau? Scared it seems ada "g" pakai ribbon datang oh no!!! =-O =-O =-O =-O =-O >:o >:o ;) ;)

Metz,  January 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

Hi Marzie :) Glad you liked it hehehe one thing that i also noticed about energy star devices is that most of them are a lot cheaper compared to those that arent. :)

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

No worries sweetie and glad u found this post useful... I have to try harder at saving and I figured why not start from the little things like switching off lights when I don use them. I hope ur keeping warm at home though, hugs! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  January 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

Yay thanks Feron, glad u enjoyed it and I hope it will remind me and others out there to do our part in conserving energy, happy Sunday! :* :* :*

Anna's Adornments,  January 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Dear Mariuca,
My modem suddenly stopped working and I have been offline a little more than a week. I am sitting at the public library trying to catch up.
If you had your ad on my widget during the 11th to the 15th of January, please let me know in a comment, and I will give you an extra thank-you-link.
Best wishes,

Mariuca,  January 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

Hey Anna, glad to see u back and I hope u get ur modem fixed soon yeah? Don worry about the ads, I think they have not appeared at ur blog yet sweetie, see u soon! :)

Mariuca,  January 19, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Cheaper too? Sounds perfect Metz, thanks again for the tip! ;)

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