How to Save Electricity

19 Oct 2018

Close up of a laptop’s power button

Did you know that homes in the UK can spend up to £30 per year powering appliances that are in standby mode? Even when your computer, tablet or television is on standby, it continues to draw power, ready to be switched on at any time.

And that’s not the only way people are losing money by using electricity that they don’t need, so we’ve come up with a guide to give you some domestic help on how to use some of the most common household devices in a more energy efficient manner and save some money in the process!

General tips

1. Energy ratings are the key

Always look at the energy rating of your devices! In general, newer devices are more energy efficient than older devices, so always get as high an energy efficient unit as your budget allows!

2. Save with smart strips

Even if you’re not quite ready to get rid of an older device, there is still plenty of ways to save some energy! Energy saving smart strips help save electricity by eliminating vampire energy sources – plugs that aren’t currently charging devices still use energy. Vampire power can help you save up to 10% to your standard electricity bill so these devices can really save you a penny. Additionally, most smart strips act as a surge protector and can last up to 20 years, so they can pay for themselves many times over.

3.Switch your gadgets off!

An idle printer, microwave, or even your Nespresso machine is still using energy, so switch them off and unplug them when not in use. Most households only use these types of items occasionally, and these small efficiencies turn into big savings by the end of the year.

Computers & laptops

1. New machines are more efficient

The first thing to remember about computers and laptops is that newer machines switch on and power down much more quickly than older units. This makes it far less tempting to simply leave your computer on standby unnecessarily, so if possible, you should invest in new computer.

2. Unplug your charger!

Only charge your laptop when you need to. Not only does keeping the laptop on continuous charge severely degrade the lifetime of the battery, leaving the charger plugged in consumes standby power.

3. Devices drain your wallet

Devices that connect to your computer such as webcams, sound systems and printers continue to consume power even when not in use, so always remember to disconnect these devices from your computer as soon as your done using them, as well as unplugging them from the wall socket.

4. Choose your printer wisely!

Even the latest laser printers are energy guzzling machines, and most people only need to use it occasionally so low-energy inkjets can be more efficient for most households.

5. Energy settings

Finally, always remember to adjust your computer’s energy setting. Adjusting your computer’s power settings ensures that it will consume much less energy, so make sure that your computer goes idle if you’re going away from your desk for more than a minute or two, and you can save a lot of money by lowering the brightness of the screen.

Television

1. Size matters

When it comes to televisions, the size matters. If you’re in the market for a new television, then it is worth keeping in mind the size and the type of screen you are looking for. For instance, a 32-inch LCD screen is extremely energy efficient, using less than half the power of a 42-inch plasma screen.

2. Factory Settings

Always remember that the factory settings for your television are typically far brighter than is necessary, so ensure that the brightness of the TV is right for your room. Most new televisions come with an energy-saving mode that dims the backlight, saving up to a third in power consumption.

3. Standby sucks

Never leave the television on standby when you go to bed - we know that it is very tempting, but this still consumes power! So, make the effort to flick the button on the television rather than simply the remote.

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