A short while ago we received our gas and electric bill. Usually this is the prompt to put on that old long playing record of funeral music, especially so in the present climate of rising energy bills but incredibly even taking the ‘summer’ months into consideration we’ve managed to slash each respective energy bill. Electricity bill slashed by fifty percent and gas by two thirds. And I hadn’t even begun to put any real austerity measures in place.
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I have replaced a computer-side clip on light from halogen to ultra low power LED but this was too recent to
factor into these last energy bills.The halogen light was probably the highest wattage light in the house & the LED replacement has a natural daylight light spectrum spread and doesn’t produce any heat.
Yet To Do
I’ve yet to invest in a plug in energy consumption monitor or a savaplug device that even Which! magazine recommends for lowering the electricity consumed by a fridge freezer. Over time I’m keen to investigate affordable passive solar energy solutions too.
Going Too Far?
I’m not especially drawn to living entirely off-grid in a yurt with no electrical items. I’m a gadget, computer technology type of person so I’m very keen on using technology rather than abandoning it but only if they’re a good tool.
Slideshare photos under various creative commons licenses: Electricity bill by i a n ,standby button by lecasio ,electrical timer by psd , energy saving light by Lori Spindler ,running bath by Alice J-T ,microwave oven by fotdmike, rechargeable batteries by HckySo.