Cutting Back on Household Energy Usage

When it comes to cutting down on your energy consumption, it’s a good idea to know where you’re starting from.

Electricity and gas usage varies substantially across different times of the year. But according to Selectra, the medium average monthly usage in a UK home is:

-          8.5 – 10 kWh per day of electricity

-          33 – 38 kWh per day of gas

According to a 2017 estimate from OFGEM, the UK’s energy regulator, the average UK household spends £1,123 on gas and electricity each year.

Of course, anybody reading this blog could be well over or under those estimates. But many people have no idea how much they are using, and so calculating this and identifying if there are opportunities to reduce it can be beneficial.

What’s your Power Demand?

Most energy bills will have the kWh you have used listed for you. It can be easy to overlook these, but take a look at your latest bill and see what it says.

This might be easier said than done however, as many household bills are deemed confusing. But you should be able to work out what energy you’ve used, and your energy provider should be able to confirm if you’re not sure.

If it’s high and you’ve noticed you’re paying a lot for gas and electricity of late than in previous months, that could be a sign that now is the time to cut back on certain appliance usage.

What’s using what?

To work out what an appliance is using and what you’re paying for it, follow this four-step guide from Saveonenergy.com:

-          Work out your appliance’s watt hours by multiplying a unit’s wattage by hours you use it each day. So a radio set might have a 75 unit wattage, and you listen to it 2 hours a day before unplugging. That radio is using 150 watt-hours a day.

-          To work out what energy it’s using a day, you need to convert it to kilowatts hours. 1 kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts, so simply divide the total you got from your first calculation by 1,000. In this case, the radio uses 0.15 kWh per day.

-          Now, you need to turn it into a monthly rate. Say it’s a month with 30 days, simply multiply your kWh per day by 30. In the case of the radio, 0.15 kWh x 30 = 4.5 kWh per month.

-          So to work out how much you’re paying to use your radio, simply multiply your kWh per month figure by the amount you pay per kWh. Say this is 20p. 20p x 4.5 = 90p.

This figure is naturally far higher for fridges, televisions and other larger items. So gaining an awareness of what’s costing you most is a good idea. Lowering your usage and turning items from standby to completely off if possible when not in use can make a real difference.

Finding an alternative

You pay electricity and gas bills because the national grid is delivering this service to you. But if you were able to adopt alternative ways to create energy, you can save money in the long run.

This is where Navitron comes in. We offer a host of renewable energy solutions that can help you use alternatives to the national grid and cut back on your power demands.

We supply solar panels that can be used to heat water, as well as evacuated tube solar panels that can be used for food preparation and other purposes.

Be sure to take a look through our online shop and see if you can find ways to cut back on that all important energy usage.

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