Energy consumption in an average UK home in lighting appliances alone has more than doubled in the last 40 years, and it’s no secret that the cost of electricity is on the up too. In this quick tips guide, the Tapshop321 are hoping to help you shine a light on more ways to turn down the power on those ever-expensive electricity bills.
Monitor Your Usage
A great place to start is to purchase a wireless electricity monitor. These fantastic devices literally show you exactly how much electricity your home is using and how much it is costing you; turn off a few devices around your property and you will see the numbers change. This can help making the challenge of energy consumption much more real and achievable for you and your family.
Energy Conscious Products
There are tons of fantastic new products out there to help us reduce our monthly energy usage, and there is no simpler or easier way to do that than using energy saving light bulbs. Lighting accounts for an enormous part of our electricity bills and by installing these efficient bulbs, you will see the energy usage drop dramatically. The technology within these bulbs has advanced very quickly; the ‘warm-up time’ is barely noticeable and the quality of light is fantastic. Compared to traditional light bulbs, these energy saving fittings can last up to ten years, saving you further expenditure on replacement bulbs.
Energy conscious ‘intelligent sockets’ can save you an absolute fortune in energy costs; when you switch off the main gadget that is plugged into the master socket, any associated gadgets (such as a printer or monitor for example) that are plugged into the ‘slave sockets’ are automatically switched off too.
Spare a Thought
Some of the biggest contributors to the rise in energy consumption have to be the huge amount household gadgetry and appliances we have running 24/7. Just by turning off televisions and home computers at the wall, you could save you and average of £37 a year! Other gadgets such as mobile phones take up too much energy too; around 90% of the energy used when charging the phone is wasted as the charger is often left in long after the charge is complete.
A great way to reduce energy wastage when charging phones, laptops and other portable devices is to create a household ‘charging station’; long multi-sockets are available which feature a power switch for each socket on the device. This allows the user/s to reduce the power supply being fed to the multi socket once one device is fully charged.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to reduce the energy usage in your home; why not take the challenge and see exactly how much money and energy you can save over the coming year!