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7 Days to an Energy Efficient Home: Day 5

The Truth About Standby Power

There is a lot of bunkum talked about the evils of standby. The truth is that you are welcome to run around switching everything off at night, but it will likely make almost no difference to your electric bill.

Here’s a picture which shows how much electricity typical appliances use when they are left on for 24 hours per day.

Standby Power

Source: guardian.co.uk

Your home is very likely to be similar.

This picture shows us that the appliances that we should worry about first in this home are the 2 fridges, the freezer and the Desktop PC.

So think about each fridge and freezer in your house. If it is more than 5 years old then it may be worth your while to upgrade. But how do you know if it worth your while get a new super-efficient one?

Glad you asked! I’ve created a site called sokitt.com that lets you find the most efficient fridges in Australia and see how much energy they can save you over their lifetime. You can even enter your fridge’s model number and see how it compares to the latest models: Just follow this link:

How To Buy An Efficent Fridge

As for the PC, if you have a desktop PC (laptops use very little energy) then try downloading this (free) neat little program, it optimizes your energy saving features automatically:

Energy Managenment Software For Your Desktop PC

Tomorrow: we will look at Single Use Appliances.





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