Editorial for 08 May: Get ready for surge in bills

 It’s time to start unplugging.

Caribbean Utilities Company has announced that it’s
increasing its rates in June now that the Electricity Regulatory Authority has
given its OK.

We can’t fault CUC for wanting to make more money. It’s a
business. That’s what businesses do.

But we do have control over how much of our hard earned
money we do put into CUC’s coffers.

Start by unplugging appliances and things like phone charges
when you aren’t using them. And what’s the point of leaving on a television or
a light fixture when no one is in the room? Turn them off.

Do a thorough inspection of your home to find out where cool
air is leaking from the inside out and fashion some sort of sealer.

One of the great things about living in the Caribbean is
that we have mostly sunny days a good portion of the year. Use that natural
light in your home instead of flicking on electrical lights.

Because of that light it gets pretty warm here, especially
in the summer months. But there is usually a breeze. When possible, shut off
the air conditioner, open doors and windows and let fans circulate the air. If
you are running your air conditioner, lower air-conditioning use by raising the
thermostat. Use fans in conjunction with less air-conditioning to keep cool.

Some energy consuming culprits are older appliances. There
are many new energy efficient items on the market now.

Make the switch.

Water heaters consume a lot of energy keeping water hot.

Install a switch to turn the water heater off during the day
when it isn’t being used. If it’s time to replace the water heater, consider
going tankless. You can get them in gas or electric. They only heat the water
on demand and can help reduce your power bill.

While we have no control over fuel costs, government fuel
duty charges and utility price increases, there are many things we can do to
reduce electricity bills each month. Even CUC has some valuable tips to save
electricity on its website. Take a look.

It just takes some critical thinking and a bit of action.

 

 

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  1. Your editorial for 08 May was smart and appropriate. You set forth very intelligent and practical things that individuals, families, and others can do to reduce their electricity bills.

    Like here in the USA people complain about the high cost of just about everything – from gasoline to groceries – and they do practically nothing to conserve. However, the same people complain and complain about the companies that are responsible for the increase costs.

    While in Cayman a couple years ago, I heard complaints about the high cost of gasoline (and it is indeed high!) but very few, if any, try to conserve by driving less and/or carpooling more. So, it begs the question, why complain and blame the government, the oil companies and others when we can all do ourselves a great favour?.

    You said it best – We can’t fault CUC for wanting to make more money. It’s a business. That’s what businesses do. But we do have control over how much of our hard earned money we do put into CUC’s cofers. The same principle applies to the oil companies.

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