I remember last year, I wrote about scandalously high Meralco bills. I also remember me and the hubby fretting about all the bills we have to pay ourselves when we move in to our new place so
the hubby we decided to invest in inverter aircons with hopes that it’ll help us in decreasing our monthly electricity bill. (The hubby is ‘laking aircon’, haha! Cannot live without AC.)
We got 2 1.0HP inverter aircon units from Western, each for around P42,000 ($980). Pricey, I know! But I keep telling myself it’s an investment so I won’t feel so bad. Inverter aircons are supposed to consume 60%-80% less energy than non-inverter aircons, they say.
If I’m not mistaken we got 2 units of the Panasonic CS-S12KKQ with the following specs:
- Save up to 60% energy
- Inverter Technology
- Eco Patrol
- Patrol Sensor
- Mild Dry Cooling
- Quiet Mode
- High EER (as high as 17.5)
- Blue Fins (Blue Coated Condenser)
Aside from paying Php80,000+ ($1,860) for inverter aircon units, we also paid P20,000+ ($460) for both aircon installation since the aircon in our living space required more copper tubings.
So did our investment pay off? Probably. Maybe. You tell me!
We received our second Meralco bill a few days ago and we were pleasantly surprised to see that it went down from P6,048.75 ($140) to P5,285.50 ($120).
But I guess that’s expected since February does have only 28 days instead of the usual 30/31 days in a month. Less days to compute.
Aside from the airconditioning, we have the following appliances consuming electricity:
- One laptop running 24/7
- One desktop running 24/7
- A 10 cu.ft. refrigerator
- A shower heater
- Atleast 2 light bulbs turned on at the same time
- A router and DSL modem on 24/7
- A 42 inch TV which we use around 3-4 hours a day
- Microwave, oven toaster, electric stove and rice cooker
For a 60sqm. condo with only 2 people living in it, most might consider our electric bill high. But considering that we do have our airconditioning turned on practically 24/7 (around 16-18 hours, atleast), I
would like to think it’s pretty average.
I would definitely love to have a lower electric bill by using the AC less. But alas, the husband melts when the room temperature reaches 25C :P And nowadays, the days are getting pretty warm!
Anyone out there using inverter aircons, too? How goes the so-called savings on electricity?