How to save 8% on your electricity bill
For day 3 of the carbon fast we’ve been asked to wave bye bye to standby.
The advice reads “Address your “standby” habits. Unplug mobile phone chargers and any unused appliances. 8% of electricity consumed at home is from “vampire” appliances that we aren’t even using”.
As I’m big into watching my electricity consumption at the moment, this is something I’ll definitely be addressing. Although 8% of overall electricity consumption might not sound much, the collective impact of everyone wasting that amount is hugely significant. And if you don’t care about that, grab a calculator and work out 8% of your annual electricity bill. For me it’s a couple of weeks worth of shopping at my favourite organic farm shop!
Thanks to the Onzo monitor I’m using at the moment, we’ve discovered something quite startling. Not only that our shower room light fitting (which uses a transformer) was using 20 watts of power when switched on, even though the light bulb had blown! but that Little Miss Green’s ipod charger uses 6 watts of power even when the unit is fully charged. We discovered our cordless phones are using the same which gives me yet more ammunition to get rid of them (I’m concerned about EMFs), although Mr Green is firmly hanging onto them.
I’m pretty good with my mobile phone charger and the secret to success for me is to use the charger during the day so I can see when it needs unplugging. It’s all too easy and convenient to put things onto charge when you go to bed, but then they are left on for 8 hours unnecessarily. It’s a bit like having a thief in your house at night!
What I definitely need to brush up on is turning off the router and all other computer peripherals. I tend to leave them on all the time, so after doing a ‘normal week’ here at Chez Green to teach our new electricity monitor about our habits, this will be one of the first things I’m addressing.
What about you – any appliances or chargers you could turn off standby to help reduce your carbon footprint?
Here are some devices that can consume standby power:
Power supplies and transformers for computers, mobile phones and peripherals
DVD players and most audio systems
TVs, home cinema speakers and set-top boxes
Cordless phones and answering machines
Security systems and fire alarms
Devices with “Instant on” functions, with remote control receivers, or waiting for the user to interact
Devices with a stand-by light or clock
Home video game consoles