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Bermuda Tightwads Cost Cutter Tips




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by Martha Harris Myron


Electric Utility Cost Management.  Note! Various sections are new and still under construction. Check back soon!

Everyone Wants to Save on Households Energy Costs. Are you wasting precious kilowatts for convenience? Depends upon your VALUES, doesn't it? In the End, though you need cold hard cash to pay that inflated bill!

$ Reader Feedback and Tightwad Submissions Readers responded with energy-efficient tips. Bless you for taking the time to write to me! The savings tips submitted demonstrate that these readers have figured out what works for them and their lifestyle.

Here are some tips from great readers!



From The Royal Gazette Readers

Retired executive.

You asked for tips on energy saving, so here are mine. Not so much tips, but a way of life....

Use gas appliances (Gas Stove/Oven and/or Dryer), or upgrade to an Induction Stove.


Set your AC as close as possible to the outdoor or room temp. Ours is set to 80°F to cool the house and 70°F to heat the house.


Determine how many watts your house (empty) uses and how many watts your home (occupied) uses under normal conditions, then buy a PV (solar) system that closes matches those two numbers.


Buy an energy conserver washer to use less water.


Replace CLF bulb's with LED bulbs. The energy savers have been in use since 2006, none have been replaced. and have not had to replace any of them.
Most recent BELCO bill was $123.91 with a $30.67 credit. (Two bedroom cottage, one bath).

Reader Family with young children.

Energy saving bulbs, or LED bulbs. We have a mixture of the two in our home.


Smaller appliances burn less energy. We have a compact apartment size fridge. This also encourages less food waste.


Install a water heater time. We used to turn it off at the breaker, but sometimes forget to turn it back off. We set ours to go on for 60 minutes a day. Sometimes we keep it off for 2 or 3 days, and water is still comfortable warm.


Open the doors in the summertime. Free air is all around us. No need for air conditioners in homes with plenty doors and windows. A standing fan is a great backup. And unlike a ceiling fan, it is portable!

This family also recommended using cloth diapers – hang them in the sunshine for maximum disinfectant / bleaching qualities. This is what our parents did – no disposable diapers back then backing up landfills. While cloth diapers are not as convenient for working moms, consider using disposable during the day, and cloth ones at night.

From Determined cost cutting consumer couple

Water heaters and air-conditioners most likely use the highest amount of electricity in households.


In order to further save electricity usage in our home the water pump and the water heater are both setup to run on 240 volts AC (alternating current )which in itsself is a saving on the bill . Caution - only a competent electrician should make the conversion.


Watch the thermostat on the water heater.


Cooling, instead of air-conditioners - install a large window exhaust fan (it is a heat heat pump !) sucking air from a single window located at the cool side of the house. Running the exhaust fan at night works wonders for the fabric of the building.


From Anonymous who learned many cost cutting tips from her mother.

Turn off the lights when leaving a room.


Turn off the television or radio when not in the room.


Wash your clothes in cold water (if you have a separate hot water heater unplug it, as leaving it plugged it will continue to heat the water in the tank).


Only use the clothes dryer when we have several days of rain. Dry clothes on the cloths line when ever possible.


If you are out all day working - unplug your hot water heater before you leave - plug it up on returning. It takes approximately 30 minutes to heat.


Depending on your tolerance level do not use air conditioning, use ceiling fans. Use sparingly when room is occupied.


Unscrew the light bulb in your refrigerator.


Unplug any electrical items that you are not using, i.e. your guest room - bedside lamp, clock radio, kitchen - electric can opener, coffee machine, electric water kettle, power strips, chargers, etc.

Another cost cutter reader

We save on our electricity bill by turning the water heater off from the breaker and only switch it back on for about 10-15 minutes every couple of days. There's only two people in our house but our bill dropped dramatically. In the winter time, our bill is down under $100 for a two bedroom two bath condo with TV going every night.

Anonymous poster - what are we doing to save money:

1) We hired an electrician to put a timer onto our largest hot water heater so that we're only heating water for 6-hrs/day. We check the meter monthly to compare and have noticed about a 10% KwH reduction over the past three months.

2) We considered solar panels but sadly our condominium association did not approve.




Belco Energy Experts and Corporate Relations / Customer Care personnel have provided further detailed information to help you manage your energy usage costs. The amount of information is significant and will be uploaded here in a few days.




Readers of the Royal Gazette, Belco, and this website.


References with respect from The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. The complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living! In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format. The Book can be purchased here.



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