Monitoring Your Energy Usage
I’ve been using an energy monitor in my house the past week or so and it’s interesting to see what happens on a day-to-day basis. I’m not sure exactly how accurate it is but what are really fascinating are the massive jumps that occur when using certain household items. For example the hoover creates a massive jump in the amount we’re using as does the toaster, not that we use the toaster of hoover all day every day but they do use up a lot of energy. The thing is, and I might be reading it totally wrong, it seems to think we’re spending around seven or eight pounds every hour on our electricity which is a hell of a lot when you think about it. It could also be a bit of a ploy to make us all think we’re spending a lot more than we actually are to get us using less energy.
It could just be a bit of a false economy, as to the amount of energy we’re saving compared to what we’re using elsewhere. We were thinking of having and electricity free week where we use mostely candle in the evenings and not use any electrical items to cook with, but we’ll probably end up spending elsewhere. A bit like when you’re moving house and your deciding to get some courier work to help you move your things or save a bit of money by hiring a van yourself. You might save a bit of money but you usually end up spending it elsewhere if you can’t get everything in one load and have to pay for the petrol, parking and any toll or congestion charges, plus you end up doing all the work yourself!
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