By now, you must have read 101 ways on how to cut back on this and that to save $$. But do we have to go down that path? All we need are some workable innovative ideas. Something sustainable, something … fun.
What triggered my thought is probably this. I have done what I can comfortably do (and no, I still love my air con) and yet I am slammed with this new 20%+ hike that cancels out all my effort. If you are new to Singapore, our utility board actually charts our usage for us and tells us how far off we are from the national average. As you can see, my usage has a downward trend, sort of.
#1 Office Electricity is Free (Duh!)
As duh as it sounds, we don’t pay for the electricity bill in the office. It is already factored into the reduction of our salaries. Most people I reckon reach home at 7pm, sleep at midnight. So there is a window of 5 hours worth of light and air-con bills you have to pay for. Imagine this. Why not stay in the office for an extra hour to enjoy the air-con and light and pretend to work while browsing WilfridWong.com? Your boss may even promote you for your dedication to work. That is a 20% saving my friend.
Note: Feel free to replace the word office with library if that makes more sense to you.
#2 Make Love Not Waste Electricity
You may consider this if #1 has a negative impact to your work life balance. And in conjunction, you can even achieve a 40% saving! Unless you are the type who prefer to spend your romantic moments with your partner in your bedroom as bright as the F1 circuit in Singapore, chances are you will be able to save an hour worth of light and TV electricity bills on a near-daily basis. If you need advice on how to extend your performance, there is even a book titled “How to Make Love All Night: And Drive a Woman Wild!” – 4 stars in Amazon.com.
Note: If #2 is not feasible for you, think of some candle light activities (perhaps get more sleep?)
#3 Blog (or Read) 20% Faster
Like it or not, our computers consume a lot of electricity. My PC at full load consumes 650W of power – more than half of an electrical iron’s consumption. And if you are busy procreating (#2), you may need to speed up your time with the Internet anyway.
#4 Buy a HDD Recorder
Asking you to cut down on watching TV is just duh. I know. So I am not going to. Instead, buy a hard disk TV recorder especially if you happen to win that 60″ plasma TV from EastCoastLife. Your favorite “Desperate Housewives” may take up 1 hour of air time but if you filter out the commercials, it is only a 45 mins entertainment. Time-shift the program and fast forward all the commercials! Viola. This shortens the time you are in front of the TV while getting the same amount of entertainment.
#5 Fly Budget
I know, this tip seems a bit out of place but I do wish to earn some spare $$. Besides, if I do win the Tiger Airways contest, I will have a pair of free tickets to a destination of my pick. Every saving counts.
So I need to write about my most memorable holiday. That is easy. It has got to be my trip to Mount Kinabalu last March. If you haven’t read my all time highest hit article, here is the chance. I have included some pictures to share below.
Tiger Airways is currently celebrating its 4th anniversary by having a special birthday fares starting from S$0.04 to various destinations.
Tiger Airways is Asia Pacific’s true low fare airline. It offers passengers not only one of the lowest possible airfares in the market, but safe, reliable and convenient point-to-point air travel as well. Tiger Airways now flies to more than 27 destinations across 9 countries in Asia-Pacific on a fleet of brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.
PS. The proceeds from this ad (as well as any lucky draw wins if any) will be donate to a Charity of my choice – Christ the King at AMK.