Money Saving Tips: Why You Need to Cut Energy Waste
When you purchase a new electrical product you generally assume the capital expenditure is the end, not true in the case of many items. In this time of expensive energy there is no excuse to waste energy, yet many of us do so unknowingly, turning on appliances that are extremely costly to run for jobs that would only take the slightest amount of effort on our part.
Here we examine which items are the most expensive and energy eating devices currently in almost every household and give you some money saving tips.
The humble and necessary refrigerator is one of the most energy consuming devices of all and on average it consumes around 1,000 kilowatt hours per year. There is no way to tell people a fridge is not a necessity and without it food waste would be substantial.
However fridges can be made more efficient if you keep the coils clean – this makes the heat exchange more efficient. Just give them a wipe down with a wet cloth every six months. Fridges made before 1994 are notable more costly and on average cost £50 on electricity more than a modern fridge – people with these old appliances should perhaps invest in a new fridge – though the initial outlay is costly, it will pay itself back in a few years.
Washing machines use around the same amount of energy as a fridge each year. This can be reduced through washing at lower temperatures and using products that aid such low temperature washing. Doing this can save quite a bit of money in electricity costs.
Dryers also are very costly and if there is the option of a clothes line – use it. This can save a lot of money each year and also means fresh clothes, aired in the open air. If you can’t use a clothesline, buy energy efficient clothes horses and let longer drying clothes dry this way.
The computer is also a massive energy hog and should be completely shut down after use. Computers in hibernation use around 500 kilo – watt hours of electricity per year. A huge amount considering it spends most of its time not even being used. Computers in sleep mode and on standby are a no, no.
The dishwasher is also needless to say an energy eater. This is especially true if you have a tendency to put the dish washer on with partial loads. Maximizing loads is the best way for energy efficiency as even a half or quarter load will use the same amount of electricity and water as a part load. Doing this will mean you get the most from the average 500 kilowatt – hours spent on using dishwashers in the average household. You could also just wash the dishes.
With this knowledge, now you can make informed decisions and reduce your energy bill by using these power gulpers a lot less often or just more efficiently.
Cormac Reynolds writes this article for http://worldofsolar.com. He has written a number of articles on the world of green tech in his time.