Plunging: The chart shows how my electricity consumption has gone down over this past year. *Graph supplied by BELCO
Plunging: The chart shows how my electricity consumption has gone down over this past year. *Graph supplied by BELCO

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: My wife and I reduced our BELCO bill by 32 per cent for the July bill. Overall in the Government sponsored Energy Limbo Contest we are tied for fourth and have lowered our electricity costs by 30 per cent since last December.

For the July bill we used 808 KWH compared to 1,303 the previous year, which was our fifth highest monthly consumption for 2011.

That amounted to about a $180 savings for the month.

We have managed to stay under 30.00 KWH per day for the past four months.

I’ve mentioned this before and it bears repeating, but the main way we’ve saved on our bill is by unplugging our hot water heater. It’s a real energy hog and I’m sure you can purchase solar water heaters that will also cut down on your bill, but this just seems like a very simple inexpensive solution.

We’ve saved the money on our BELCO bill by doing this and not skimping on the air conditioning; and this is with my wife being home this summer instead of taking the month of July vacationing in Canada.

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 — The Energy Detective (TED).

TED is a real time device that can estimate how much your BELCO bill will be with hourly updates.