I just got our electricity bill. I was a bit shocked to discover that our usage has doubled. It’s usually pretty stable, so I imagine the difference is mainly due to the room for rent. I’ve notice that people renting aren’t exactly careful with electricity usage. And electricity isn’t exactly cheap here.
I’ve already changed the bulbs in the guest room and adjoining passage from CFLs to LEDs. I’m in the process of transitioning all our lighting from CFL to LEDs, but it is a slow process.
I was also thinking about a heat pump water heater. Does anyone have experience with these? A search found me http://www.glowship.com/racold-heatpump-65ltrs.html, which at Rs 46000 (USD 677 approx), is a bit on the expensive side, but affordable. Of course, it does depend how long the water heater continues to work for.
Does anyone have other ideas about reducing energy consumption? Auto shut off lights are a possibility, but I’m not sure how much difference those would make.