Thanks to regulation and taxation, energy bills are hitting record highs.
In fact, they’re now getting so out of control that people in London are turning to log burners to heat their homes, causing the city to be carpeted in a deadly smog.
Now, though, through a combination of common sense and technology, consumers are fighting back against excessive energy bills and bringing them back down to reasonable levels.
Here’s what to do.
Find Out What’s Costing You
The first thing in any war is to “know thine enemy.” As a homeowner, your primary task when combating high energy bills is to find out what exactly is using up so much power. The best way to do this is to use a Belkin Conserve Insight or a Killawatt tool and plug it into each and every device in your home to see how much energy they consume.
This tool will quickly give you an idea of what is using up a lot of power in your home and what isn’t. It can be a sobering realization that your TV only consumes about 40W, but that your kettle draws more than 3000W.
Current smart meters aren’t actually that smart. Yes, they tell you how much energy your apartment or flat is using. But there’s no way to find out which appliances are costing you the most money.
One solution is to use so-called eMonitors. These slot in on the circuit level, allowing you to see, room by room, how much energy is being consumed. It provides the same amount of data as a Killawatt but doesn’t require you to walk around checking each electrical outlet.
Go High Tech
According to http://lifehacker.com/, there’s a vast difference in the amount of energy old and new bulbs consume. According to their data, incandescent bulbs use more than 60 watts per hour and only last for a maximum of 1,000 hours. By contrast, LED bulbs only use around 12.5 watts and can last for more than 25,000 hours, 25 times longer than standard bulbs.
Sites like ledison-led-lights.co.uk offer a range of LED lights for practically every domestic need, meaning that it is unlikely you won’t be able to find something suitable for your setup.
LEDs tend to be a little more expensive than regular bulbs. If they are out of your price range, another low-energy option is CFL bulbs. They use about the same amount of power as LEDs and last much longer than incandescent bulbs. But be warned: unlike LEDs, they take a while to reach full brightness, meaning you’ll be waiting a minute or so before you can see what you’re doing.
Use A Timer
Suppose, for instance, that you work from home and you’ve got a water cooler in your home office and your kitchen. It’s unlikely that you’ll need access to both at the same time, so what’s the point of having both on? There is none. Timers can be used to switch on the office water cooler during the hours you’re most likely to be in the office and off when you’re not there.
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