That time...when my electricity bill ‘shocked’ me to the core!
Summers are synonymous with air-conditioners and, well, of course, inflated electricity bills!
Here’s a list of people who found themselves in situations where their power bills had them tearing their hair out. Or, if you would like to put it so, shocked them to the core!
Love thy neighbour or not?
May 2016 will be etched in my memory. Ask me why? My neighbour’s daughter got married! To make things clear, I am not particularly in love with my neighbours. I just felt it was polite to offer my house for wedding guests. Three days prior to the wedding, I found 10 people making themselves comfortable at my place. Since it was peak summer, they kept the air-conditioners on for most part of the day. And, when the electricity bill came in, I was in for a rude shock. Usually I pay close to INR 7,000 in summers. That month, the bill came up to INR 21,000. My act of generosity backfired!
Devleena Bannerjee, IT professional
The great rift
An inflated electricity bill has the potential to cause a rift in a decade-long friendship. If you think that I am exaggerating, then do hear me out! My childhood friend and I share a flat.
While I have a regular 9 to 6 job, my friend works the night shift. We trust each other when it comes to handling house affairs responsibly. Yet, in June 2018, we were baying for each other’s blood, and that, too, over an electricity bill! The bill had shot up to INR 50,000 as opposed to the usual amount of INR 5,000.We both flipped, started sparring over AC usage and almost came to blows! Then one of us (it was me!) had the better sense to cross-check our bill with electricity board officials! Turned out, they had added an extra zero to our bill! We were saved by a zero.
Nishadh Mohammad, Editor and media professional
Never challenge the wife
My wife believes that she is better predisposed to run affairs of the house. I often told her just that she had never let me try and I would prove better if she let me. Well, I fell flat on my face last summer! My wife was away from home for a family wedding in May and I was to join her later. On the day I was to leave, I cross-checked if I had locked properly and left. We were away from house for about five days. When we returned and stepped into our bedroom, we found it was freezing. My face fell as my wife glared at me for five minutes without speaking a word. That month, the electricity bill was up by almost 40 % and I learnt the obvious truth – women are better home managers.
Utsav Singh, Banker
Perhaps all these people would be happy to know that there exist air-conditioners that can actually stop their electricity bills from spiralling upwards.
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