Saving Electricity

It is possible that electricity demand in the next few years could remain about constant, with increasing demand for electrical goods cancelled out by gains in energy efficiency. Although if there is a large call for electric cars or if heat pumps become more popular then demand might increase.

Reducing electricity bills is mainly about paying attention to details!  Most of the changes are small but they add up.  Things you might do:

green_arrowTurn lights off when you leave a room.
green_arrowAvoid the use of a tumble drier – they eat money!
green_arrowSo do electric heaters.  Avoid them if you possibly can.
green_arrowOnly boil as much water in the kettle as you are going to use.
green_arrowWhen you replace things like fridges and washing machines get A and A* rated ones – they use a lot less power.
green_arrowReplace old-style light bulbs with low energy light ones.. . more lighting info at www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/lighting
green_arrowRun the washing machine at a low temperature.
green_arrowWhen cooking vegetables etc, put lids on the pans and turn the heat down once the water is boiling. If you can use a steamer and so use fewer pans, even better.
green_arrowTurn TVs, computers etc off at the wall when you are not using them – they nearly all take power even when turned off.
green_arrowResist the temptation to get a plasma screen TV – they use a lot more power.
green_arrowUse an electricity monitor so you can see how much energy you are using.

To see how much energy your electrical appliance use see this page on CSE’s website
http://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/how-much-electricity-am-i-using

Energy Advice

CSE offer free advice on energy saving for householders in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Freephone 0800 082 2234 or visit their website Centre for Sustainable Energy.