The electrical appliances that account for the most of my electricity bill are the refrigerators (both standard and compact). This is not amazing because many a times when I am attending my lectures and other activities, I leave my refrigerator on. The temperatures of Texas are hot and humid; this calls for cold drinks and proper preservation of food to avoid decay. This is the reason for leaving the refrigerator on most o the times. This pattern is typical to other students as this is dictated by climatic conditions.
The major behavioral changes that I should adopt in the reduction of electricity usage are; avoiding leaving the central air conditioner on when I am away, switching off the lights when not necessarily in use and switching off any appliances that are not in use such as the computer. Presently it is difficult for me to know the appliances that use what quantity of electricity.
The students should reduce the playing of music when it is unnecessary e.g. overnight, they should also learn to switch off lights that are not in use and that students should refrain from the habit of leaving dishes in the dishwasher for long while attending to other activities. The reason for not putting in place these measures is that they are not responsible for the bills.
Consumption is a factor of expenditure and income. As such, Incase where I pay that amount as a tax on my energy purchases, and then I will have to control my consumption so as to reduce my electricity expenditures.
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