It took a bit of a financial quandary for Jackson Loh to finally realise that his electricity bill is tremendous. The 36-year-old software programmer was reviewing his finances in order to repay a debt when it hit him that the RM300 to RM350 monthly electricity bill may just be too high for his household of four-and-a-half.
“I thought that was a reasonable price for a house with two air conditioners running nightly, plus the laundry and my heavy computer usage,” he says.
A few friends of similar households, however, pointed out that Loh’s bill does seem unusually high. That got Loh to begin an “electricity detox.”
“We did all we could. We implemented strict rules on turning off lights and fans that are not in use. We put timers on our airconds. I stopped leaving my computer turned on overnight,” Loh says.
Despite that, they only managed to knock RM80 off the total bill. “At first, I didn’t understand why. That’s when I started digging deep into how we use electricity and learnt how much we wasted,” he says.