WEDNESDAY, APR. 25: The savings from our BELCO bill keep rolling in for my wife and I.

We’re participating in the Bermuda Government Energy Department’s Energy Limbo: How Low Can You Go Contest.

Our March bill was the lowest yet as our daily kilowatt usage slipped to 23.97. This was down from the 30.52 we used the previous year.

We’re four months into the contest and have slashed our kilowatt usage by almost 37 per cent.

I’m not expecting to see huge savings in the April and May bills as we are in the shoulder season between heaters and air conditioners, but have made some more adjustments to help keep it as low as possible.

I’ve started turning off the hot water heaters (we have two) when they are not in use — particularly when are out of the house for work all day and overnight when there is no need for them.

That has been a huge help.

I did look at putting them on times, but I went to two hardware stores and neither one had any available for me to buy (I did ask for help in locating them and the sales clerks told me they were out).

This past Saturday I went to PriceRite and picked up three more LED light bulbs for $40.

I put them into the three lights we use the most and took out the CFL bulbs we had instead.

According to the packaging, they were 4kw per hour bulbs and good for 15,000 hours. They have the same candle power as a 50w incandescent bulb and the 13kw CFL bulbs they replaced.

Although expensive at $13 a bulb, they should repay my investment in cost savings many times over.

We now have five LED bulbs out of the 50 in our house, with the other 45 being CFLs.

To recap what we did earlier is mainly two fold — turned off lights, TVs and other electricity items when we were not using them and we only used one heater this past winter rather than running three.

Approximately 25 households are in the competition. Marc Bean, Environment Minister, Director of Energy Jeane Nikolai and permanent secretary for the Environment, Dr Derrick Binns, will also be taking part, but they will only be passive participants rather than competitors.

The winner will get a $600 travel voucher and the top three finishers will get to keep their electronic monitoring devices.