After the nth time of hearing “Turn that laptop off… Ang kuryente tumataas!”… I was totally motivated to scrap all the writing assignments for the hour and get it settled once and for all. Once again, the effort paid off.
I decided to do some research on why our bill statement from Meralco jumped by around 800 pesos from last month. Is it really the fault of Gab, my Lenovo Netbook?
I knew right from the start that it was NOT Gab’s fault. I just had to have a concrete way to prove it. And stop this incessant yakking about rising bills.
And what do you know? Fickle Fate smiled upon me. Meralco actually has an online and downloadable app that will allow you to know which appliances are the true culprits. Check it out here.
I did the analysis for our home appliances and I learned that Gab cannot be responsible for the 800 pesos jump. I only had my laptop for around two weeks.
In reality, it was the following things that caused the spike in our electric bill:
1. increased TV usage (Sky Cable was installed just this month.) — 400+ pesos (from 200+ previously)
2. Water Dispenser which is on 24/7 — 586 pesos (fixed amount)
3. 5 cubic inch Sanyo Refrigerator — 400+ pesos
Just keeping record so that my mom will know. I showed it to her immediately after I placed in all our home appliances. I’m happy that Gab has been given its electric justice.
Also, I went a step ahead. I computed how much it will cost each month if I use Gab 6 hours per day at 7 days per week. In a month, Gab will only eat 470 pesos of the electric consumption.
As I am in the office from 8am-6pm, I am a lucky girl if I even plug the netbook for three hours per day. And mind you, the estimation of Meralco was for a Desktop with a plug for a CPU and monitor, not a singly plugged tiny Netbook. That only means this: Gab is probably just eating half of the estimated amount given by that limited Meralco calculator.
My theory of the electric issue is this: there are a lot of “jumper” neighbors who may be insipidly and surely tapping from the main electric lines and all the accountability goes to the legally paying consumers like us. But actually, I learned that we were billed lower than what was expected in the calculator app that I tinkered with just a few minutes ago. They should be the ones getting the hot seat, not my poor Gabby…
Sighs. Better go back to earning that 500 pesos or so that Gab will eat in the next bill.