An extreme moneysaver has revealed how he has apparently managed to cut hundreds of pounds off his electricity bill.
Lofty, a 74-year-old pensioner, has made the tough decision to cut down on her bills by cutting all her strength for most of the day.
higher than Newcastle, Australiaclaims that he switches his power on only for a short time every day.
And every morning, he goes outside to turn off the power supply at the meter.
yet his greatest Pennies-Saving trick supposedly is recharging a $1.25 battery for his portable radio by placing it in his freezer.
He told A Current Affair: “I put them in a plastic bag, but only put two more in the freezer at a time.
“It recharges them but you have to leave them there for seven days.”
Lofty cuts the power to the mains supply every morning at 8 a.m. to keep their bills down.
But before he turns it off, he boils a kettle and puts hot water in a thermos vacuum flask to give him three cups of tea before lunch.
At 11.30, Lofty says he turns the power back on – but only for 25 minutes he cuts it again.
Then at 5 pm, he turns it back on for the night.
He said: “You don’t have to pay for all the power coming into the (meter) box, it’s just going into the house from the box that you have to pay for.
“That’s what I cut off when I turn all those switches off.”
Sublime claims that it has saved heaps of cash with its drastic power-saving measures.
He alleged that he was previously paying $678 every quarter — but his most recent bill was just $152.72, leaving him in credit.
Struggling with rising cost of living, Lofty said he can only drive his car once every two weeks because of the price of petrol.
He said: “You only have to go shopping and most of the shelves are empty … I can only drive my car once a fortnight because petrol is too expensive.”
But electrician Alex Murker warns there could be a downside to the Lofty’s extreme measures to keep its costs down.
He said: “I think it’s a little bizarre to be honest, going out of the meter box every day and turning everything off.
“I would worry that the fridge clogs up everyday and things don’t stay cold.”
And Mr. Murkar also urged homeowners to be cautious when dealing with electricity.
He added: “It’s safe to turn the circuit breaker or safety switch on or off, but it can be a little confusing because there’s a lot going on in the meter box.”