QUOTE(ATD @ Oct 2 2011, 10:56)
QUOTE(daikaioshin @ Oct 2 2011, 09:22)
Plus we're not the kind of people who have the TV or Stereo on all day, and as soon as we're done it's turned off.
Now while I'm not one to leave lights on when I don't need them, and do turn off things that will be unused for some time, people who harp on about switching off (and I mean switching off as opposed to putting in to standby) things like your TV really get my goat. Not that you were doing that, you just mention TV's.
Example: my TV uses 0.2W in standby, it would need to be left in standby for 5000 hours to use 1 unit of electricity, which would cost me the vast sum of 11p.
Switching it totally off then means when I do use it it's starting from cold, adding extra stress to the components and shortening the life of the unit, meaning I will have to buy a new one sooner - not only costing me more than the 11p I might have saved, but increasing the overall use of electricity and the carbon footprint from the manufacturing/distribution process of the new unit.
Being energy efficient is great, but it's actually needs a bit more thought than just "Oh, lets turn everything off".
Same here. Actually, my new tv set can't
be turned off (except at the wall). Presumably because it's so energy-efficient. A good reason for replacing analogue sets, come to think of it.
I also read once that with traditional lightbulbs, the greatest stress to the filament was when being switched on - just like a car battery (or any appliance, come to think of it) - because of the power surge that occurs. So really, I try not to keep clicking lights/appliances on or off, unless I need to. Besides, it's just annoying, especially when it's dark/cold in winter, and you're just trying to scrabble around to put the lights on.
Having said that, I don't use ceiling lights much at all. Only in the bathroom/kitchen. The kitchen light I do keep on after it starts to get dark (I mean really dark, so that'd be after about 7-0-ish now). Everywhere else, I use table lamps, and 8w bulbs. I like the warm, cosy feel.
use lights in the daytime (even if it's cloudy). Only once it gets dark (but after then, until I go to bed).
I don't leave things on for the sake of it, either. I've always used power-save on my PC here, turn the screen off when I'm not using it (mainly because I've lost 3 previous screens due to malfunction, I suspect was due to switching to standby mode). OH, and the HD/DVD recorder is on power-save too.
The only light I leave running 24/7 sometimes is the front light. I used to have a fitting with a light sensor on it, so it would go off when it got light, and on when it was dark. But the last winter killed it, and it was a pain (used PLC lightbulbs) so I just had a normal one and use an 18w in it.
The only thing I leave running is the radio, sometimes - 'cos it has earphones in it, so I forget...
QUOTE(Corius @ Oct 2 2011, 10:08)
Now I live on my own I'm very strict with the electricity
I spend £20 a month on electricity as a result. Which is pretty good.
Pretty much what I spend. I like to keep my electric bill around £50/quarter. About 400/500 units, something like that.