Armed with a new-fangled gadget, TOBY WALNE checks energy-saving claims

Do not depart all these home equipment on standby

The value of dwelling disaster has attracted a raft of energy-saving options. One of many primary ones we preserve listening to is the British Gasoline declare that you could save £110 a 12 months by switching off gadgets left on standby. 

It sounds far-fetched, but it surely bases this determine on the truth that ‘Brits might save 23 per cent on their electrical energy payments every year by switching off their vampire electronics’.

To check the validity of the declare, I software myself up with a new-fangled £20 energy meter. It plugs into an ordinary electrical socket – with {the electrical} merchandise to be examined being plugged into the meter. It then exhibits me how a lot electrical energy is being utilized by the system.

I begin with my telephone charger plugged right into a socket within the kitchen of my home in Hertfordshire. The meter tells me it’s drawing 6.3 watts of electrical energy with out charging any system. If I had been to go away this charger doing nothing for a 12 months, it might value me £16 of electrical energy. Being a household of 4 and with chargers popping out of our ears, I estimate we’re spending at the very least £60 on chargers that for more often than not are doing nothing however consuming electrical energy.



The cost of living crisis has attracted a raft of energy-saving suggestions. One of the main ones we keep hearing is the British Gas claim that you can save £110 a year by switching off devices left on standby


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The price of dwelling disaster has attracted a raft of energy-saving options. One of many primary ones we preserve listening to is the British Gasoline declare that you could save £110 a 12 months by switching off gadgets left on standby

I then attempt the TV that spends its days and nights on standby. It provides off a studying of 27 watts, which means it’s costing me £70 a 12 months for being on standby.

Then there’s my pleasure and pleasure sitting within the nook of the lounge – my stereo. Left on standby, it consumes £80 a 12 months in power.

It seems British Gasoline has under-estimated the financial savings I could make (£210). Possibly my household is extra hooked on new tech than most – however the findings are a shock.

Boil simply sufficient water for a cuppa 

I’m bored with being instructed by my spouse to fill the kettle with simply sufficient water to brew a cuppa. She tells me the Vitality Saving Belief believes utilizing much less water within the kettle will save us £8 a 12 months.

That is primarily based on the common dwelling boiling its kettle 24 occasions every week half-filled – 3 times greater than required for a cup of tea or espresso.

After shaking the kettle to see if it has water inside, I flick on the change – it all of a sudden exhibits 2,226 watts on the meter. At this price, three minutes of boiling works out at about 3p. Maybe my household is extra thirsty than most as we boil the kettle half a dozen occasions a day. When it’s empty – and nobody is trying – I fill it proper up and calculate that over a 12 months it makes use of £66 of electrical energy.

If I boiled sufficient water for only a single cup – and didn’t fill the kettle any larger – I’d save £32 a 12 months by utilizing much less power. Surprisingly, that is 4 occasions the trade boast. I’m not going to inform my spouse.



I am tired of being told by my wife to fill the kettle with just enough water to brew a cuppa. She tells me the Energy Saving Trust believes using less water in the kettle will save us £8 a year


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I’m bored with being instructed by my spouse to fill the kettle with simply sufficient water to brew a cuppa. She tells me the Vitality Saving Belief believes utilizing much less water within the kettle will save us £8 a 12 months

Make the change to LED power environment friendly bulbs 

Within the night, our four-bedroom home is lit up just like the Blackpool Illuminations. I don’t want a meter to inform me to show off a number of lights – but it surely nonetheless comes as a nasty shock to find a standard 100-watt bulb left on for 5 hours a day makes use of £53 of electrical energy in a 12 months.

The Vitality Saving Belief claims I can save £13 a 12 months if I change to energy-efficient LED bulbs. It bases this calculation on lights being on for a mean of 562 hours a 12 months (about 90 minutes a day). So by altering all 4 dozen lights in my dwelling, I might knock £624 a 12 months off my power invoice.

However Paul Collins, head of technical providers on the Nationwide Inspection Council for Electrical Set up Contracting, recommends a distinct strategy. He says: ‘There is no such thing as a want to alter the bulbs till they blow as they value cash to exchange and you do not need to create pointless waste.’

Is totally insulating your house actually price it? 

The Vitality Saving Belief says ‘investing in skilled draught-proofing and insulation’ can save the common family £405 a 12 months – a few quarter of my annual power invoice. 

But earlier than I get too excited, its literature explains that almost all houses should first spend £1,905 on cavity wall and loft insulation plus draught-proofing to make such financial savings. That would go away me £1,500 out of pocket the primary 12 months – so no thanks.

I name in Robert Tiffin, a property surveyor at Eco Tiffin, to see if he can supply different options for my draughty rural property.

He says: ‘Chilly bridging – a time period used for insulation gaps – is the place work is required and I’m afraid it’s going to value you a whole lot of kilos to type it out.’

No extra tumble drying – A washing line is free

Vitality corporations comparable to SSE fall over themselves with ‘laundry ideas’ – comparable to ‘Run your washer at full load at 30 levels Centigrade each time attainable’.

No financial savings figures are offered – and I do that anyway. However regardless of it being sunny, I hear the tumble dryer whirling round within the utility room as my daughter has simply returned from college with baggage of soiled laundry.

I whip out my power meter and do a tough calculation. The drier makes use of 4.5kWh of energy to dry all her garments in an hour – at a price of £1.31. Our household makes use of the drier 4 occasions every week – utilizing £274 of electrical energy a 12 months.

A washing line outdoors would dry our garments at no cost. The Vitality Saving Belief focuses on shopping for a high energy-rated tumble drier to avoid wasting £640 over its 13-year lifetime in contrast with my older, inefficient mannequin – equal to financial savings of £49 a 12 months. Sorry, however no tumble drier in any respect is much better worth.



Energy companies such as SSE fall over themselves with ‘laundry tips’ – such as ‘Run your washing machine at full load at 30 degrees Centigrade whenever possible’


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Vitality corporations comparable to SSE fall over themselves with ‘laundry ideas’ – comparable to ‘Run your washer at full load at 30 levels Centigrade each time attainable’

Is it Time to surrender on luxurious lengthy BATHS?

An immersion heater within the airing cabinet offers our sizzling water – however I need to burrow my method by way of blankets and towels to find it’s a 125-litre 4kWh tank. It takes about an hour from chilly to warmth up sufficient sizzling water for 2 showers – or one tub – at a price of £1.17.

The remainder of the household want showers, however my concept of time is spending an hour within the tub with a favorite ebook and glass or two of beer. If I dumped this day by day luxurious in favour of a bathe, I calculate it might knock £213 off our annual power invoice.

The Vitality Saving Belief provides a ‘fast tip’ for people to ‘take a four-minute bathe’ to assist the common family save £70 in a 12 months. That isn’t going to occur on this home any time quickly.



The rest of the family prefer showers, but my idea of a good time is spending an hour in the bath with a favourite book and glass or two of beer. If I dumped this daily luxury in favour of a shower, I calculate it would knock £213 off our annual energy bill


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The remainder of the household want showers, however my concept of time is spending an hour within the tub with a favorite ebook and glass or two of beer. If I dumped this day by day luxurious in favour of a bathe, I calculate it might knock £213 off our annual power invoice


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