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Ever wondered how exactly your electricity bill breaks down? We’re often ignorant to how much juice our power hungry devices are consuming while we use them. 

With this simple guide, we can give you the basics in electricity consumption and a few simple pointers to cutting a few quid off your final bill.power comparison infographic

 

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Sources:

http://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/energy-monitors/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/10756999/How-to-save-240-a-year-with-LED-lightbulbs.html

http://www.sust-it.net/energy-calculator.php

 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/26/appliances-standby-cost-households-energy

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/utilities/2014/09/energy-prices-set-to-rise-experts-saycost of broadband title

7 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting…
    I just checked the figure for the lightbulb, and it would appear it was probably for an energy guzzling 60W incandescent lamp. An equivalent LED would have been a tenth of that…

    What would have been really useful was the relative costs of ‘standby’ compared with normal running costs for a number of devices/appliances.

  2. 2 years ago I calculated that my main PC at home I was using as a home server used that much power, it was cheaper to build a custom one for the purpose, and over the course of 3 years I’d save around £150.

  3. My wife leaves our 47″ TV in a paused state for up to 3 hours every day while she decides to get up and do stuff midway through a TV programme or if she’s on the phone. Think how much I’d save if I got rid of HER!

    Also my sons have this frame of mind, “I didn’t turn the light on so I’m not turning it off. So I get up in the morning and 8 bulbs between the bathroom and the hall have been burning all night plus the outside light.

    Now I have purchased remote sockets and changed 90% of the bulbs in our house to LED. I have calculated that all 8 bulbs I have replaced in the hall burning at the same time uses the same power as just over half of 1 original bulb. But, just how much will I really save? I’ve heard that LED bulbs are not so reliable and many report failing in just hours to weeks of use. They say up to 25000 hrs is the lifetime of the bulbs which may be true but it’s the circuitry I have doubts about. To replace these every few months would cost more than the original bulbs usage. Plus if we all use less power the power companies will continue to increase prices to make profits. You can’t win!

  4. Reading comments on LED bulbs. The main problem with commercial bulbs,as your correspondent correctly surmises,is the electronic drivers,they are the item that INVARIABLY fails. As an electronic engineer I have proved this. The companies that make these modern nightmares are under so much pressure to keep cost down and brightness up,reliability inevitably suffers.
    My suggestion is,pay a bit more for a good make like Sylvania and avoid the cheap Chinese options to make the most of the exciting if rather flawed technology of domestic LED lighting.

  5. You may be right Chris E but for the past year I’ve been using 8 LED bulbs every day that I got from one of the pound stores and no failures yet. Even if they fail any time soon I feel I’ve had my money’s worth considering the saving made on electricity and I’d go right out and buy the same ones again. If I’d paid £5-10 each per bulb then I’d be quite annoyed if they failed within the first 5 or even 10 years. If the cheap ones are this good then I’m happy to stick with them.

  6. A lot of it is also due to planned obsolescence too. If they made devices which never failed, nobody would need to buy any more, which inevitably means less money for the manufacturers.

  7. A portion of our energy bill actually goes to subsidising the energy saving measures. Free new gas boilers to those on benefits, payments for insulation in the roof and walls of houses, payments made at a much higher rate to those who put solar panels on their roof, a subsidy (of I believe £5000) if you buy an electric car. A subsidy for wind farms.
    So in effect we are back door taxed for many of these measures without realising it.
    As or planned obsolescence a lot of this is a joke. We throw decent cars away i.e. the scrappage schemes from the past to buy cars giving spurious claims to their mpg .
    One of the biggest cons was a tv advert saying the car had 150bhp but achieved 60 mpg. It is not possible for that to happen !! Fuel has a calorific value and to achieve 60mpg the engine would actually be producing far less.
    Anyone with a dashboard which says actual mpg at ant time would be surprised at the drop in mpg when a slight incline is reached.
    Going back to LCD lighting. It is super efficient and the EEC has made rules on minimum life expectancy so keep the receipts.

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