When I was a full-time stay-at-home mom (meaning I was still not working at home) I analyzed our Meralco bill like crazy. If you see the computation at the back of your Meralco bill well I pored over that, got my pen, paper, and calculator, and didn’t rest until I came up with a formula that would tell me what our Meralco bill was going to be the next month based on the kilowatts we’ve used. No, I’m not a Math whiz but I do had a lot of time in my hands and I didn’t want to be ignorant anymore on something that we’re using every minute of our day. I did get my formula after a couple of hours. Needless to say I learned a lot from that simple exercise. With my formula I knew how much electricity a 100 watt fan is going to consume (one fan is like P300 a month. Yes, I know about the Meralco bill calculator at their website but I really don’t trust Meralco so why would I trust their website) I realized I should avoid using the rice cooker because it consumes so much – 700-watts of electricity which is the same that your flat iron would consume and more than our 500 watt aircon! So I shelved our newly bought rice cooker and haven’t been using it ever since. I also knew to stay away from the microwave, the oven toaster, electric kettle – appliances that would heat things up. Heat producing appliances will consume more electricity than the opposite. That’s why we’re in luck – we can turn our fridge 24/7.
We bought an aircon with timer and the timer attached to our fan so I can just set the aircon for a few hours and the fan will automatically start once it stops running. We also disconnected our cable so Z won’t have the habit of staying in front of the TV for hours. I enforced a rule with Z that when the heat is tolerable turning on the aircon is a no-no but it wouldn’t be successful if we hadn’t moved. Our current apartment is airy, it has its own terrace so we can open the doors on both sides to allow the breeze to come in. We’re so comfortable living here that we literally stopped using our aircon except only during the few months of summer.
So that is our frugal lifestyle. I was happy that we were only paying P1.3k at most in our electricity bill. That means more money to buy more important things like food or things that we could use around the house like this nice outdoor décor I found. That was actually so much better than giving the money to Meralco every month. When I heard the news that there was going to be almost a peso increase per kilowatt I was beyond shocked. I didn’t have my formula anymore because two years had passed already. When I was still monitoring our monthly electricity bill I knew how much difference just a few cents increase would make so increasing by 93 cents means our next bill increase is going to be staggering. I didn’t have my facts with me but I was predicting our bill would be P2k but when I got our bill it was more than that.
That may seem a small amount compared to your bills but to us that’s still more than 100% increase for only a tiny increase in our usage.
And with the weather we are experiencing I know our next month’s bill would be even higher since we’re using the aircon more than ever. I hate that I would give more of our hard earned money to Meralco this month but it seems we’re powerless. I just hope summer will just end quickly so they’ll have no more excuse.