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How you can reduce your energy consumption

Created: Wed, 6 Nov 2019

Reducing your energy consumption isn't just beneficial to you (and your wallet) but also everyone else if you can work towards reducing your carbon footprint as well!

How you can reduce your energy consumption

Reducing your energy consumption has numerous benefits, but if we were to mention just our favourites we would say it will help reduce your carbon footprint (this is a win-win for everyone) and it means you'll pay less when it comes to your Electricity Bill - and that means money in the bank!

To get started on the path to reducing your consumption, here are five simple things you can do right now:

1. Use a multi-board to reduce your plug load

To avoid paying for “vampire power”, use a multi-board to turn all devices off at once. Flipping the switch on your multi-board has the same effect as unplugging each socket from the wall - it helps prevent that dreaded phantom energy loss.

2. Choose the right light

LED bulbs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs (Energy Star)!

If you haven't yet replaced your old standard light bulbs, then you're probably not sold on the fact that LED bulbs are the most energy efficient lighting option. LED bulbs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs (Energy Star) - The also have no mercury, and last about 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs (DoE).

3. Pull the plug on vampire power

Do your chargers feel warm even when they're off? This is a sure sign that they're still pulling small amounts of energy. Other devices like televisions, microwaves, scanners, and printers also use a form of standby power. In the US alone, the total electricity consumed by idle electronics equals the annual output of 12 power plants (EPA).

4. Power down your computer

Today's computers can be turned on and off over 40,000 times!

Computers are some of the biggest energy users in office buildings and seldom are they completed shut down. Before you leave for home each day, turn your monitor off at night and ditch the screensaver for good. Today's computers can be turned on and off over 40,000 times and opting to shut down over using a screensaver does not affect your computer's lifespan.

5. Turn off the lights

So easy but sometimes overlooked (or put in the “I'll do it later” category) - It's just one switch and you're done.

Author: Ross from EnergyIQ