The cheapest source of energy

vickylass By vickylass, 5th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These domestic tips will definitely help us to pay less on electricity.

The cheapest source of energy

It is obviously the one we aren´t using, is it?
With the financial meltdown that has led to a serious crisis, electricity bills have gone up sky high.
Thus, everyone tries to save in electricity by implementing different ways in the household or, even, by changing to another electricity board. Surely, you´re already putting into practice some of these ways to save on electricity use, but I´m writing for the wide world and there may someone who doesn´t know. So, here are my tips:
1. Use bulbs of low cost. They´re pricer than the old ones we´ve always used, but in the long run, we´ll notice the difference in our bills.
2. Switch off all stand by appliances, including that of the computer or the Internet connexion. Many people think that they won´t use a lot of electricity, because they´re tiny lights, but they do if they´re on permanently.
3. A fridge should be apart from the wall for at least 10 centimetres, because when it gets hot, it uses more energy as well as if it´s way too old. Domestic appliances use more electricity and do worse performance when they´re old. Do never use the back of a fridge to dry clothes as it also uses more energy nor place your fridge in a small cublicle or a corner where it can´t be aired.
4. Use of stew pots or frying pans over the fire whether it´s gas or electricity. If they´re bigger than the fire disc, they´ll take longer to get hot or to boil and if the fire disc is smaller than the pot, it´ll also take longer. Switch off the fire few minutes before the end and use this heat to finish cooking.
When using an oven, do only preheat it if it´s required by the receipe. Otherwise, switch it on when you´re going to bring your food to roast or bake. Do never use the oven for very small portions and roast several things at the same time nor use the oven to toast bread. In this case, you should have a smaller oven or a toaster.
5. If you can afford it, it´s wise to install a movement device that will switch on the lights when someone walks in the room and when needed only and they´ll switch off when nobody is in the room.
6. Use day light as much as possible and keep heating at a minimum. If one doesn´t have a central heating, gas heaters are cheaper than electrical radiators and they warm a room a lot more as the heat is kept in a room for a while.
And, last but no least, it pays off to switch off completely from the general mains for some period of time a day, depending on one´s needs. I switch it off for 30 minutes every and that makes 15 hours a month that I´m not using any watts and they can´t charge me for watts not being used. It´s like when we go on holidays and we switch of the electricity from the general mains as well as the water suply.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. May 5th 2014.
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author avatar Retired
5th May 2014 (#)

Interesting tips here! I am puzzled by using the back of the fridge to dry clothes. I don't believe I have ever heard of anyone doing this.

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author avatar vickylass
5th May 2014 (#)

Some people do put tea towels or serviettes to get them dry.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th May 2014 (#)

Lots of great advice, vickylass. Thank you.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Vickyclass for the grand tips, still in Portland when its cold its cold and the prices for electricity are a little bit high, cheers!

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