10 Jun 2013

Here’s where you’re wasting money on power

Lifestyle | Tips and Advice

 how to reduce electricity costs at homeIn this day and age of rising power prices, we all understand how important it is to try to reduce our usage. But how many of us actually know what appliances are driving our power bills up?

Well, thanks to Juice Electrical Supplies we can now give you a pretty good idea of who the main offenders are.

The infographic that appears on this page is based on an average home in England. And whilst there may be some differences between Australia and the UK (more cooling, less heating for example) I think you would find that many of the prices shown below are relevant for those of us living Down Under.

So what does this all mean and how can this chart help you reduce your household running costs? Well here are the top 5 things that really stood out to me from this study and the accompanying infographic:

  1. Plasma TV’s chew more than 3 times more power than LCD TV’s.
  2. Devices use a lot of money just being on standby. In fact, the average household spends in excess of $120 a year on appliances they aren’t even using.
  3. A laptop computer uses about 1/7th of the power that a desktop computer & monitor uses.
  4. An aquarium can cost around $60 per year to run in just power costs alone.
  5. And for those with a home office – a fax machine can cost more than $30 a year to run, compared to emailing using a scanner/printer which uses around a quarter of the power.

As always one of the major points here is to switch off appliances at the wall. But beyond that, there are other points that we can take out of this information.

For example, lighting is a major expense for most households and whilst we try our best to remember to switch lights off it’s not always practical to do so. However, using sensor lights that turn themselves off can be a real cost saver. And no I’m not talking about the security style lights that you might have above your driveway. It’s possible to have sensors that are discrete that will switch lights on when you move into a space and then turn them off a short time later.

With home automation now at the point where you can turn the power off at the wall simply using your smartphone or tablet, there are now a lot of ways in which we can reduce our power consumption and lower those power bills.

But of course whilst this information on appliance power usage is highly relevant, the fact still remains that a home that is designed to take advantage of natural lighting and local climatic conditions is the greatest power saver of all. This is incorporated into all of Dion’s sustainable designs so they are eco-friendly.

This infographic has been reproduced with the kind permission of Juice Electrical Supplies.

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