Technology has many great achievements and they are mostly good. One negative consequence of technology that has come of age in this technical age that we live in is what can be aptly termed as the fuel guzzling equivalent of technological goods, power guzzlers. We are talking about every neat and nifty gizmo that comes along that needs to be plugged into a power outlet either to work or to be charged.
Mobile phones, tablets, computers, dozens of appliances, etc.; they are all power hungry items that add to your energy consumption. This is a quick refresher on those timeless habits we all used to try and cultivate but somehow have forgotten about over time.
Yes, very obvious but also the most neglected habit in energy management. How many times have you worked late and simply left your computer running and ducked into bed? I bet quite a number. Or forgot to switch off the mains for an appliance in the house? How about the most common of all which we are all mostly guilty of; leaving the TV on standby?
These are all what Sherlock Holmes would probably say about, “Elementary, my dear Watson, pure elementary”. So here is a quick reminder in case you had forgotten, power down your computer, TV, etc. when leaving the house or going to bed . An appliance that is off does not consume power, or does it?
Switch off the Mains
Well, you have promptly remembered to turn off the TV or computer but that’s not enough. Have you ever heard of vampire electrical consumption or vampire power? That’s the energy lost when a device or appliance has been turned off but the mains switch is still turned on.
Somehow the power still manages to “leak” even in this state and this is why it is essential to switch off the mains as often as you possibly can when not using your electrical items. This will save you some dastardly power bills, or at least shave off a few dollars at any rate.
Well, don’t get offended by this but if you don’t need it get it off your home’s power grid. We are talking about that item you grabbed at a yard sale that was just too well priced to leave behind, or that extra microwave oven that you are always saying you will use one day. These tend to add up to the overall power requirements of your home.
Think of it as electrical spring cleaning. Take an inventory of what you need and what you can do without and shelve the unused appliances away, that way you don’t have to keep wondering how or whether these items will ever find use in your home.
Kill the lights
This can be both an action as well as figurative lesson. Lighting, especially the incandescent type, is a big energy sapper and lights left on can burn a tidy little hole into your wallet. Keep the lights off in rooms that you are not in and as much as possible, form a habit of switching off all the lights inside the house when going to bed, it will both save you money as well as give you a good night’s rest.
A helpful tip to remember is to make/ buy some stickers that remind everyone in the house to switch off a light (yourself included), and if placed right next to power switches, this will be a very timely and ever-present reminder. Figuratively, killing the lights can mean replacing all the incandescent bulbs in your home with energy efficient fluorescent types or even LED lights. These replacements have been shown to use up to 80% less energy than the other energy guzzlers.
So there you have it, a quick refresher course on what we should all be doing to be more energy efficient and save money and the planet while at it, one kilowatt hour at a time.
This guest post is provided by Scott Ryan, a home improvement aficionado, courtesy of Window Exchange Service, a Brisbane home improvement firm that specializes in patio and window installations.