Today’s Editorial June 11: High energy bills here to stay

Brace yourselves.

If you thought the power bill you recently received in your mail was high, just wait.

By the time August and September roll around, you’ll be wishing you still had to pay just the bill from May.

While the price of a barrel of oil dropped slightly Tuesday, it was still $133.27. That’s more than most of us have ever seen.

And that’s one of the culprits in our high electricity bills.

Fuel costs make up more than half of most resident’s May bills, even after the fuel duty rebate is added.

We have to wonder what those on fixed incomes will do. Heck, we wonder what we’re all going to do.

CUC says its hands are tied despite a petition floating around Grand Cayman, which reportedly has close to 1,500 signatures on it.

CUC’s agreement with government is what allows the electricity utility to pass on fuel costs to customers.

As the price of oil continues to go up, so will our electricity bills.

For starters, crank up the thermostat on your air conditioner to 80 degrees.

Do it now so you’ll be used to it when summer really sets in and the temperatures rise outside in August and September.

Ceilings fans are a good way to help keep cool too and can result in a reduction of 15 per cent in air conditioning energy use.

Replace your standard light bulbs with high efficiency fluorescent lighting to help reduce energy costs associated with lighting by up to 75 per cent.

Check your hot water heater setting and make sure it is at 120 degrees.

When you finish using your computer, cut it off; don’t just put it on standby.

If you set your refrigerator five degrees higher than it is now, you will realise some energy savings there.

You can save even more money by washing clothes with cold water and hanging those clothes outside to dry.

If you do use a dryer, make sure the lint filter is clean and stop the dryer as soon as the clothes are dry.

Then there are the basics, turn off the lights when you leave a room and turn off all appliances you aren’t using, especially televisions.

You do have the power, in part, to reduce your electricity bill and from the looks of the way the oil industry is going, we’re all going to have to be more judicious in practicing ways to save energy.

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