I used to work for a utilty company, and after seeing a MoM question about power bills, I thought I might share some of the power saving tips we used to advise customers;
We all know about insulation, keeping windows shut etc, but here are some others:
The outdoor fridge.
Fridges and freezers kept in sheds or garages, or on the back porch, can use many times as much power as their inside cousins.
What often occurs, during summer when they are exposed to the heat, and have to work overtime to keep cool, damage can be done to the thermostat, meaning it will chew through power, and will continue to do so! So Goodbye beer fridge!
Things on standby.
Small ancedote – fellow called as he had a high bill. We worked out he had 4 large tv’s on standby. He tirned them off, and his next bill dropped by $350.
If you are not using it, turn it off.
The myth is they cost more to turn on and off than to just leave on.
If it is on, it is using power. If it is off, then it is not using power. Simple really!!
Oil column heaters
These are notorious power consumers, as they are deceptive. There usually is no fan, and no noise, so people tend not to think of them using power (strange but true). Some brands are advertised as being very economical, but often are not.
IXL bathroom light/heater combinations.
These are ok for that short time you are in the bathroom, but DON’T leave them running as it can add up quickly.
That’s all for now as madam has awoken – will add more when I remember them all!
Posted by katelt, 24th July 2013