A report released by the Energy Saving Trust, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) found that the average household was wasting between £50 – £80 of their annual £530 electricity bill by leaving appliances on standby instead of switching them off at the socket.
Make sure you’re not one of them by turning off everything you use when you’re finished with it.
- Reduce residential energy wastage: 35% of residential energy consumption is wasted. Appliance and electronics use energy even when they are switched off.
- Pull the plug, literally on those devices when not in use
- Put a group of these devices on a power stril and turn off the strip when not in use
- Buy products listed as having low standby power usage
- Look for Energy Star appliances, that are designed to rely less on standby power.
In the office
The energy usage of office activity alone represents 25 percent of overall energy consumption of the whole tertiary sector. Heating is the highest consumer, accounting for half of all energy consumption. The consumption of specific electricity (lighting, computers, air conditioning etc.) comes in second place.
To ensure a sense of well-being within the office, smarter behaviours, and practices can be utilised to save energy, with any loss in productivity or quality of life.
Myth: A computer will last longer is it is left switched on all of the time.
Reality: The belief that frequent shut-downs are harmful persists from the days when hard drives did not automatically park their heads when shut off. Computers and laptops should always be turned off if not in use. This will actually prolong the lifespan of the computer’s components, as well as save you energy and money.
- Reduce office energy wastage: Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in office buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings. Reducing energy consumption not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity. Furthermore, the environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which enhances corporate reputation.
- Computers and monitor: Switch off monitors when away from the desk. And computers + monitors at night. Set hibernate settings
- Printers: switch off at the end of the day or purchase timers. Change default to duplex and B/W (cheaper and more environmentally friendly)
- Lighting: Accounts for 25% of office energy cost and 15% can be saved by switching off when not needed. Switch meeting room lights when you leave. Use natural lights when possible