The October Power Cost Cutting Challenge

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Since I started keeping a budget and trying to live life cheaper I find myself always asking people rather intrusive questions. Most times I don’t even think about it much because I am just trying to find information. Over the last 3 or so months, our power consumption has been rising steadily. No patterns have really changed except switching our our decoder for an Xbox but I can’t help but feel that the power consumption has risen a little too much even though a console does use up a considerable amount of power. Since we’re a two person household, it’s pretty alarming that we are spending anywhere between 2,500-3,000 Kes a month on units (About 170+ units).

We have a prepaid system and while everyone swears this transition has made their power bills cheaper, I’m not having the same experience. At one point, I was actually convinced that we had someone siphoning our power (Incidentally, the last time I suspected this was with the internet and so now we hide our WiFi and configured it for set devices only) but it turns out that that isn’t happening. So in October, I am going to implement a series of tips and tricks from people to see if it helps with the bill. Some are a little ‘captain obvious’ but there are a couple that are gems. Do you want to take the challenge with me? Here is what I will be doing.




Do you have any more tips and tricks? Let me know and I’ll add them to the challenge. Happy power cost cutting!


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4 Responses

  1. Jackie says:

    I have the same problem. We are a HH of 4 peoole and our power consumption is anything between 4500 and 6000. Once it hit 8,500 yet we never use the kettle or oven and always defrost manually (not using the microwave).

    I learned from someone in KPLC that electricity is charged depending on where you live.

    All the best though.

    P.s. You can also have you pre-paid metre checked/changed.

    • Gathoni says:

      It’s crazy right?

      Interesting about rates changing from place to place. Might be worth doing some digging there. Although I imagine with places that have high density there would be hours where it’s ‘peak’ i.e. units run faster than usual. This is just a guess though. I will definitely try and find out what I can about this.

      For now, let’s see if any of these tu jua cali tricks make a difference! Thanks for dropping by. xx

  2. Rachael@safari254 says:

    It is almost the end of October and I am wondering how well the challenge worked out for you. I hope you will be posting an update.

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