Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Switch of your electrical appliances and lights to save money every day

One of the easiest ways to save money is to switch off your lights and cut back on needless electricity usage. Consumer surveys and research have shown that the majority of families will be paying for electricity they did not need to use. Up to 20% of your electricity bill could be for energy that was wastefully burned when not required. Here are some tips to help you make very real savings on your electricity bill. And with the price of energy going up again, we all want to reduce the amount of money we have to pay the energy companies!

Switch lights off every time. This may sound simple, but it costs a fortune to leave lights on all over the house when no one needs them. Walk down any street in the evening and you will see lights burning in halls and on landings while everyone is sitting in the living room.

Use sensor lights for security and outdoor lighting so that it only comes on when someone is outside. This will save money because you won’t get caught out forgetting to switch outside lights off, which is easy to do. Good security lighting can also help to reduce your home insurance because it is known to be an excellent security measure.

Put lights on timers. During the winter there is nothing worse than coming home to a dark house. Instead, put your lights on a timer, and set them to come on five minutes before you are due to return home. Likewise, put timers on lamps and other smaller lights around the house, then even if you forget about them, they will go off automatically.

Don’t leave electrical appliances on standby. Although the amounts are small, each appliance continues to use electricity while it is on standby, and if you have many appliances around your home, this will quickly add up to a significant amount of energy being used 24 hours per day. Likewise, always unplug phone chargers or laptops and PCs when they are fully charged or not being used.

If you take all these steps, you will see a real drop in your electricity bill. Compare it to the bill for the same time last year and you will see a marked difference.


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