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Cut your electricity bills – how much are you spending on standby?


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The study by the Energy Saving Trust, Defra and DECC, called Powering the nation found that leaving our appliances on standby accounted for around 16% of our total electricity use. The study also broke down how much electricity we use in each room of our house a year based on a typical bill.

It revealed that:

In the kitchen, we spend between £150-£185 on cooking and cooling.

In the utility room, we spend between £32 – £130on washing and cleaning.In the living room,  we spend anywhere between £70 and £300 on our entertainment.

In the office or study, we spend between £25 and £60 on computing and communication.We also  spend between £60 – £84 on lighting and £10 – £100 on micellaneous electrical items.How much energy does your home use?

source: Energy Saving Trust

It costs how much?!

In the study, the average cost of appliances was calculated. Here’s some of the costs we found most surprising:

Your dehumidifier, should you choose to use one, costs £76 to run.

They may not be using the microwave or watching your TV,  but your pet fish could be adding to your electricity bills nonetheless. An aquarium costs around £40, while a pond pump costs a £32 to run.

Below are the rest of the appliances adding to your energy bill:

How much do your appliances cost you in electricity?
source: Energy Saving Trust

However, there are easy steps you can take to cut your energy bills and minimise the cost of the appliances that cost you the most.

Energy-saving tips for your TV

1. Switch it off! We’re all guilty of using our TVs as background noise. It’s a massive waste of your TV when you’re not watching, this will do more to reduce energy use than anything else.

2. Bigger isn’t always better.  An energy efficient 32-inch LCD uses about half the power of a 42 inch plasma. It makes sense that the smaller the TV the better.

3. Help your TV to save more energy by switching it toenergy-saving mode, which dims the backlight and can cut its energy consumption by about a third.

4. Look for the Energy-Saving Trust recommended label, so that you know that you’re not buying a TV that will end up costing you more in the long run.


Save energy in the office

1. Switch off your computer, printer or scanner overnight.

2. A laptop is the most energy-efficient computer device you can buy.

3. Remember: whether you’re using it or not, your computer is pretty much using the same energy when it’s on. These days, computers can power down and back up again so quickly, it makes sense just to hit the power button or sleep mode if you’re away from your desk.

Save energy in the kitchen

1. The majority of our electricity use goes on refrigeration. Keeping your fridge full up helps it to be more energy efficient because it doesn’t have to cool so much empty space.

2. A microwave oven is the most energy-efficient way to cook, followed by a hob, then  an oven. So use your microwave to cook, partially cook or heat up your food to save the most energy. Just don’t forget to turn it off when you’re not using it!

3. Use the ‘eco’ setting on your washing machine and if you have to pre-soak, fill the sink with the dishes rather than washing them individually under the tap.


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