Expert shares ways to cut power bills as Taiwan’s electricity use hits monthly high (2022/06/23)
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    Expert shares ways to cut power bills as Taiwan’s electricity use hits monthly high (2022/06/23)

    Electricity use soared to a monthly high in Taiwan on Thursday, topping the record set just the day before. According to Taipower, electricity consumption hit 39.78 million kilowatts at 1:40 in the afternoon. The company is asking people to cut back on power use from 2 to 10 p.m. An expert shows us how.

    Amid the sweltering summer heat, many people are turning to their air conditioners for relief. According to the Bureau of Energy, raising your AC temperature setting by just 1 degree Celsius can shave 6% off your previous electricity consumption. Also take note that changeable frequency units use just half the power of a fixed frequency air conditioner. To save even more on your electricity bill, try out these handy tricks.

    Place a bowl of ice cubes in front of an electric fan. This will provide only limited cooling, but you can amplify the effect by placing thermal insulation paper on the windows and drawing the shades. That’s sure to bring down the temperature fast.

    Yang Hsien-ying
    Energy saving specialist
    If you put out ice cubes and don’t turn on the AC or even a fan, of course you’re not using any electricity. You’d definitely save power that way. But many people are doing the ice cube trick but keeping their ACs on. What you can do is buy a piece of thermal insulation paper and stick it on your window. That will block out sunlight to some degree, and it will lower the temperature indoors by 4 degrees Celsius.

    This energy saving specialist pulls out her electricity bill. It cost just over NT$1,000 to power her home for two months. She says that in the summer season, the biggest power consumer is the AC, followed by electric water boilers and hair dryers, and finally, ovens.

    Yang Hsien-ying
    Energy saving specialist
    Electric water boilers are actually quite power-hungry appliances. So you can try this out – unplug your electric water boiler and get a kettle for boiling water over a stovetop. That can save you at least 40 kilowatt-hours a month on your bill.

    With power usage hitting fresh highs, Taipower has asked people to scale down their use of power-hungry appliances from 2 to 10 p.m., to protect the environment and save on utilities.
    中文 Chinese  
    週四全台用電量創六月新高 達人教省電撇步




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