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Offline Data Topic starter
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Just some tips that we can take to reduce the price of our bills, some well known but other not so. This is a case of every little helps, come the end of the year you will have saved money. I've done these and they do work  Smiley

  Light bulbs, OK we should all know about this one already, LED are the most efficient and cheapest to run.

  Fridge/Freezers they are on all the time, modern units take considerably less power to run.

  TV backlight, by turning down the backlight brightness on your TV you can half it's power consumption, I dropped my TV power consumption from 90 to 40 watts.  ( only works with LED and some florescent TV's, look in your TV's menu for backlight brightness setting ).

  Washing machines, some cheaper machines take considerably more power than others, when buying a new machine seriously look at its efficiency rating.

  Boiling the kettle, kettles take a lot of power, only fill it to the level of water you need.

I have others but that will do for now.

Please feel free to add any more tips that you have found and put a tick in front of your tip.
Posted February 18, 2019, 10:44:45 AM
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Offline Freddy
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Very good idea for a thread  thumbsup

I'll swap to LED as mine go for lights.

I might be picking up a new washing machine in a month or two, so will check the energy rating.

The kettle thing I already do.

  Only one to add at the moment and that is is to have a shower instead of a bath. Saves water and heating. I now have a shower, which is one of the reasons I chose this bungalow  Cool
Posted February 18, 2019, 13:26:04 PM Logged

Offline Data Topic starter
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That's a good one Freddy  thumbsup

  The laundry, get the right detergent then you can wash your clothes at 30ºC.
Posted February 19, 2019, 09:12:09 AM Logged

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  Solar power, use it where you can, many outside light are solar these days, security lights, garden lights, standard outside lights.
Posted February 21, 2019, 10:13:54 AM Logged

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  Home insulation, Loft insulation including the loft hatch, cavity wall insulation, double glazing, draft excluders, shutting the curtains. 
Posted February 22, 2019, 10:37:53 AM Logged

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  Don't leave things on standby - switch them of at the wall, the PC is particularly bad at this, putting it to sleep can still use the same amount of power as 5 to 6 LED light bulbs. 
Posted February 23, 2019, 10:51:00 AM Logged

Offline Freddy
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I have my PC and peripherals all going to one surge protector, so now I can turn them all off at night  thumbsup
Posted February 23, 2019, 11:49:21 AM Logged

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I have my PC and peripherals all going to one surge protector, so now I can turn them all off at night  thumbsup

That's a good way of doing it Freddy, I have the same kind of thing here  Cool
Posted February 24, 2019, 10:53:46 AM Logged
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