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Do your bit to reduce electric consumption this winter

Dark nights and colder weather often mean there’s an increase in electric usage, with the National Grid reporting there could be a shortage of power this winter, this is a good opportunity to explore the idea of power saving, what can be done to lessen the impact on the main grid?

How about trying these ideas…

1.) Turn off and unplug where necessary

If your household is anything like ours bet your bottom dollar there’ll be electrical items plugged in and turned on that you simply aren’t using.

Turn into eco police. Patrol your property turning off and unplugging unused appliances. This could include:

  • DVD players
  • Laptops or desktops
  • TVs
  • Lamps
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Radios
  • Tablet or mobile phone chargers

2.) Use energy saving appliances

Do you have energy efficient electrical appliances in your household? Check the star rating. If they’re old the chances are they use more electricity than modern, energy efficient appliances.

Gradually change these items over to save money and power in the long run.

3.) Switch to energy saving bulbs

Still making do with old incandescent light bulbs? You might think that’s a bright idea but it’s time to switch to energy saving options, not only will they last longer, they use less electricity and help to reduce your household utility bills.

4.) Agree to an electric boycott

Speak to everyone within your household. Agree to reduce your electrical output by starting a new electric boycott during certain hours of the day.

Aim to shut down as many electrical appliances as possible during this time. See if you can live without electric for an hour or so and make a huge saving in the process.

If we all looked at our energy usage over the winter and made a conscious effort to reduce power consumption where possible it could ease the burden on the National Grid.