Electricity

Electricity is probably one of the more important utilities. Without electricity, you can’t watch TV or listen to the radio. Your phone will be dead within a couple of days. Your food will spoil as your refrigerator can not keep the food cold. If you cook with a microwave, that is also impaired. I would consider electricity as probably the most important utility.

Call your electric company and ask if there are any programs for low income households. Even if you are just one person, you are considered as a household of 1. Also, see if they can spread your peak periods across to make the electric bill about the same every month. This will help you in budgeting which you should be doing. Especially if they do not have such programs, you should use your electricity wisely. Turn off lights in rooms that are not occupied. If you have a computer, turn off the screen when you aren’t using it. Only use the TV when needed. If you need background noise, consider a radio, or MP3 player. This will be much cheaper to operate than a TV.

What I Do

I am fortunate to have my electricity included. However, I still practice what I preach. Most of the day, I have a music player playing my personal music library. I watch TV between 6PM and 7PM. I also turn off the PC screen when I am not using it. The computer remains on, but without the screen on, it goes into a low power mode which it might back itself up while “sleeping”. If you can find a rental place where they include the electricity, I would consider taking it.