Monitoring your Electricity
Cut Electricity Bills by Monitoring the useage
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Checking Home Energy Useage
How to keep up with the rising costs of using appliances etc.
It's all too easy just to say you'll cut down on electricity. You can do as per various guidelines by turning down thermostats, switching lights off, not leaving your TV on stand-by etc., but you have to wait to see a full Electricity Bill befoe seeing the results and even then, you don't know exactly where and when the savings were.
This is where an Electricity Smart Meter comes to the fore. It's a simple device with three main 'ingrediants'; A magnet clamp which you put over the appropriate cable next to the meter. This is wired up to a little wireless signal unit which you can stick to the wall nearby.
Not only does it show your daily useage, but month to date as well, so give yourself a target and go for it.
I've had mine for about 6 weeks and already I'm finding I can cut down on things, even though it's Summer.
The other thing I've learnt is that it's, although important, not the little thing's like lights. It's the bigger spends which have the biggest cuts to make - Heating, Cooking, Tumble Dryers etc.
A good purchase!
The older your Electric Water Boiler is, the more inefficient it will be.
Hot waterand Heating useage accounts for over 50% of the cost of the average fuel bill and,the older the System is, the more energy it will be using.
Make sure your Heating Thermostat isn't near a cold spot or draught. It'll turn it on more and cost you more!
It's not just cutting back. You could save on some Appliances to use the money more effectively on Heating!
There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben
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