5 Tips to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill
Posted by albajm on August 27th, 2018
As Edinburgh electricians we are very interested in energy saving solutions for the home. As well as being good for the planet, the price of electricity is always increasing so it makes sense to find ways to reduce your consumption at home. These 5 easy ideas can lower your electricity bill without you even noticing.
It has been estimated that it can cost on average £80 annually to leave electrical appliances on standbyn. The worst offenders are televisions, set top boxes and mobile phones. An easy way to get around this is to connect all related appliances to a surge protected, switchable multi socket extension. This means you can turn off everything with one switch. Another solution is to use energy saving intelligent plugs. With these you can use your remote control to turn off related devices.
Fully charged devices like mobile phones, laptops and PCs continue to use electricity when they are plugged in. In addition, leaving a fully charged laptop plugged in is bad for the battery and will reduce how longevity. To prevent this happening why not alternate between using battery power some days and plugging it in others.
Leaving your pc or laptop running when you are not using it, even for a short period of time, wastes electricity. Always put your PC or laptop in ‘Sleep Mode’ after 10 or 15 minutes of inactivity. This can be done through your settings. 'Sleep mode' puts it into a low power state, turns off your monitor or screen and saves your work and settings in memory. When you are ready to use it again, turn it on and it will quickly jump back to life exactly where you left off.
Switching light bulbs is another easy way to save money. LED light bulbs cost more than old fashioned incandescent light bulbs, but they use 75% less energy and can last 25 times longer. By waiting until older bulbs fail, they can be gradually replaced with LED ones. This way the initial higher cost is spread over a longer time period.
An energy monitor is a device that links to your electricity meter and calculates how much energy you are using in real time. Having an energy monitor does not save you money, but seeing how certain appliances affect energy consumption, can change behaviour, which can save you money. It has been estimated that homes with energy monitors on average showed a drop in energy consumption of between 5 and 15%.Top Searches - Trending Searches - New Articles - Top Articles - Trending Articles - Featured Articles - Top Members
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