Use Clever Gadgets
You may have bought the most energy efficiency domestic appliances ( fridge, freezer and washing machine) but are other gadgets in your home increasing your consumption? Advice from the Energy Saving Trust can help you use your gadgets more efficiently to save you energy and money…
- Buy energy efficient gadgets:
- Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when shopping, you'll find it on integrated digital televisions, set top boxes, computers and peripherals. It's your guarantee that these products are the most efficient in their category. New LED TVs are also cutting the cost of watching your favourite programs dramatically.
- Save energy when you use your equipment
- If practical, avoid leaving appliances on standby. Switch them off at the wall when not in use. If the positioning of appliances cause difficulty, consider energy saving plug boards which can switch off TV's and PC peripherals (printers, monitors etc. ) when the main appliance is not in use. They can also be bought with remote controls when sockets are tucked away in awkward corners.
- To be more informed about your electricity use, consider purchasing an energy monitor
- These devices are capable of providing you with real time cost (as it happens) of your electricity consumption. By turning appliances on and off you are able to get an idea of what they cost to run, and avoid wasteful usage. It can help you decide whether to update your appliances with more efficient models.
- Consult your Bright Ideas/MEA Home Energy Officer for advice about your home’s suitability for an energy monitor.