Friday, 09 January 2009
I changed my electricity plan months ago after discovering that for the same price as I was paying, I could wangle myself a free electricity monitor. it finally arrived today and since I plugged it in (ironic for an energy saving device), I've been glued to the numbers.
It's quite an addictive game - how to make the numbers as low as possible.
It's quite scary how much juice basic appliances use - including the heaters. It's also quite humbling to know how much juice my business (aka my computer) sucks up.
So from this point forth I'm working with no lights on in a cold room :-D
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C'mon David, give us some stats!
I always wondered how much my laptop would cost per hour. How do you get about getting one of these and how do you get them free.
Written on Friday 09 January 2009 at 20:25:34 GMT (Permalink)
@Ed - The above one is available from http://www.currentcost.com/
Monitors are priced at around £50 but apparently it's just Swalec (aka Southern Electric) and Eon that offer energy monitors for free at the moment (hopefully someone else can verify this).
Southern Electric: http://www.southern-electri...
As for juice usage, my computer sucks in around 400 watts whilst in use, costing around 80p a day to run (based upon the hours I use it for).
Conversely, running the washing machine or a portable heater all day in Fiske Towers would cost around £20 a day :-(
Also found out it costs more to run a set of lights in the house than it does to run the TV - so it's telly in the dark for us :-D
Written on Saturday 10 January 2009 at 16:46:43 GMT (Permalink)
Here's a tip for the money conscious then - don't have kids
Having two young children (6 and 3) - so four people in our household - I have done 15 loads of washing this weekend.
£40 pounds a week to run my washing machine!! Yikes.
Written on Sunday 11 January 2009 at 23:31:08 GMT (Permalink)
@Karen - eek! Tip duly noted.
Written on Monday 12 January 2009 at 11:22:24 GMT (Permalink)
Thank you to all previous commenters.
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