The 2014 survey results have been updated with the latest changes and cost saving since the survey.Last week we started changing more CFL light bulbs to LED ones. In some cases the payback times are in excess of five years due to the high cost of the lamps however we have decided it is worth it to gain a wider experince of the different types. The changes done at the weekend give an estimated total saving of £3.32 per quarter compared to when we did the original 2014 survey. Choosing LED bulbs is a bit of a minefiled and we want to be able to offer good advice to out readers. Check out the lighting pages for more information on choosing lamps.
The fridge and /freezer page and the fridge and freezers in the garage page in the electrical section have been updated with more information. After the central heating fridges and freezers are often the largest electricity users in the home and can account for up to 20% of electricity use. Following the tips on these pages can make a big difference to the amount of electricity fridges and freezers use. For some costed examples of the electricity and money that can be saved with fridges and freezers take a look at the electricity cost saving example pages. When buying a fridge or freezer never be afraid to ask for details about power consumption, don’t be be dazzled by the energy rating which may be misleading.
More information has been added to the central heating control and thermostatic radiator valve pages in the heating section. This page is aimed at those who have either oil or gas central heating but some of the points will be applicable to any central heating system that uses electricity. A simple electricity saving technique is to switch off the central heating completely at the mains during the summer months if it is not required, saving at the very least the cost of running a time switch, sensors and motorized zone control valves. The power used by the central heating system controller is likely to be between 1 and 5 Watts. For more information on oil or gas central heating look at setting up and balancing central heating and the associated pages on radiators. It is vital that any temperature sensors in a central heating system are not in a draught as the sensor will not work properly and is likely to significantly increase heating costs.