More tips to save electricity has gained even more useful tips to save electricity. A lot of these electricity saving tips cost nothing to implement. and may seem obvious but from experience most people ignore them and waste both money and electricity unnecessarily. Some only require getting into the habit of thinking is there a good reason why this is switched on. For more ideas on cutting electricity use and helping the environment check out saving electricity room by room. For more information and electricity saving tips take a look at the electricity saving section.
The lighting pages in the electrical section have been updated with more information.Currently over 10% of home electricity use is by lighting and is an obvious area to make savings. How often have you left the room leaving the lights on or switched the light on in daylight because the curtains are drawn. The simplest way to save on lighting costs is to turn lights off when not needed. Although switching off lights and using energy saving bulbs is one way to reduce the cost lighting there are two other ways to reduce lighting costs – maximising natural light,and reducing the amount of light needed. A few simple ideas are listed below some of which can be done straight away at no cost plus others which cost money.
The electrical measurement tips have been updated in the miscellaneous section to give information on why the results you measure for electrical power consumption don’t always agree with the manufacturers quoted figures. The simplest way to measure the power used by plug in appliances is to use a plug in power meter which is used by plugging the power meter into the socket and the appliance into the power meter. This set up can be used to measure the power used under different conditions such as in use and standby. When measuring low powers e.g. standby consumption the accuracy is liable to be quite poor but should be consistent. You can purchase a simple plug in power meter from Maplin for only a few pounds. These plug in power meters will usually also measure voltage and current. You can work out the cost of appliances by measuring the power and then using EnCalcE an cost and cost comparison calculator which is free for personal non commercial use.