Keeping You & your neighbours connected.
It can seem like a bust coming up with new resolutions year after year – especially when they’re often forgotten by the end of February. So, we thought we offer you a few simple suggestions to pick from which you might take on board - and turn into habits that will help you take control of your electricity usage electricity right through the year.
- Wash your clothes at 30 instead of 40 degrees and cut the amount of electricity you use by as much as 40%.
- Gradually drop your thermostat, reducing the temperature by 1 degree can save up to 10% of the energy required to heat your home.
Switch off appliances when not in use to avoid idle devices draining your electricity. Some modern digital tech have an "eco-standby" mode that uses very little electricity. But connected devices in standby mode such as TV set top boxes (e.g. Sky Q box) or smart wireless speakers (e.g. sonos) can be a real drain, contributing to as much as 5% of an average households yearly electricity consumption - when they're not even in use.
Get smart plugs/devices, you can use them to control things like lights and heat to ensure you’re only using them when you need them, thereby using less electricity.
Switch to LED bulbs as you replace old bulbs, they use 90% less electricity than traditional bulbs and last 25 times longer.
Become renewables aware, simply put, if it’s sunny or windy, more of the country’s electricity is being generated from renewables. This is a good time to use your more electricity-intense appliances.
Beat the peak, save using your electricity-heavy appliances such as your dishwasher or washing machine for -outside of peak time of 5-7pm for electricity when more people are using it at the same time. This will also help to support in Ireland’s security of electricity supply.
If you found this information helpful and would like to learn more ways to take control of your home's electricity usage, why not sign up to our 'Is This a Good Time?' programme today at esbnetworks.ie/time.