7 ways I’m using too much electricity
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This week I had a letter from my electricity provider, telling me we had gone £250 over credit and our monthly direct debit was going to increase by £33!
I was standing in the shower (counting down the three minutes I had allocated myself) and thought “I know, I’ll contact SF and ask her if we can do a challenge to reduce electricity consumption”, and hey, guess what?
I hop over there today for an update on our Change the World Wednesday challenge and she writes “This week, find at least one way to reduce energy use in your home. Need some ideas? If you have an incandescent light bulb, replace it with a LED or CFL. If your computer, modem and accessories are always on, try turning them off for a time. Try using table top appliances like a crock pot, toaster oven or steamer instead of your oven. If you use air conditioning or heat, try adjusting it by a couple of degrees. Unplug cell phone chargers, coffee makers or electronic docking stations. The goal is to take one step more to reduce energy use.”
See? Who needs words?
I just saved myself some electricity by telepathically connecting across the pond rather than sending an email, right?!
But seriously, an extra £33 per month is virtually doubling our monthly payment. It’s not that the electricity price has gone up that much, but our usage obviously has.
Here are some of the things we’re currently doing that uses a lot of juice and the solutions I can think of:
Energy issue – oven usage
Every day for lunch I bake a jacket potato which takes 1 1/2 hours in the oven.
I’ll eat jacket potato once or twice a week and eat boiled or rice the rest of the week. It’s not difficult during the summer months.
Energy issue – immersion heater
I put the immersion heater on for a bath then don’t bother to use the water.
Just like this morning I’ll hop in the shower – it’s easy this time of year (but don’t keep me from my bath in the winter!)
Energy issue – long showers
Little Miss Green takes 20 minutes in the shower!
I don’t know; it’s taken me 10 years to get her interested in a shower, so maybe I’ll have a gentle word with her but not push the issue
Energy issue – Router
Mr Green insists on 24/7 router and computer peripherals.
I have no idea – after a long day at the computer working, he likes to relax with online radio shows on his smartphone. I’ve asked him to download them but he likes convenience. I’ve asked for weekend-free router days, but he’s not interested. The internet is his life – both for work and pleasure and I don’t know how I’m going to wean him off it!
Energy issue – heating
Last winter we ran out of wood and had to use electric heating; which is where I suspect our consumption increased so much.
I’ve got it! Drag Mr G from behind his computer screen, flick off the router and go out foraging for wood!
Energy issue – LIGHTS!
Each day I go into Little Miss Green’s bedroom once she has left for school and I find the curtains closed and the lights on. Ok, so they’re LEDs, but every little helps, right?
I’m going to switch her pocket money (which she just gets) to a daily ‘earning’ – this one has been coming for a long time because there are numerous bad habits stacking up such as dirty washing mixed up with clean, crockery and cutlery accumulating in her bedroom and lunchboxes left uncleaned at the end of the day. I’m adding “Open your curtains and turn off the light!” to her list of chores for which she can now EARN her pocket money. Ha!
Energy issue – smart meter
I’m totally out of the loop – we’ve not had our real time monitors in use for month, so I’m dis-empowered with what is going on.
Get the energy monitor back on and aim for less than 12 units per day (remember we run a business from home too, so our usage is quite high)
Ok, I’m on it – what about you? Any areas for improvement with your electricity consumption?
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