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Let’s go vampire hunting!

Posted on 24 October 2017

We’ve all got them – there’s no escaping it. In fact, most of us have at least 2 vampires in our homes right now. But don’t panic! Get rid of the garlic and put down the crucifix because these aren’t after your blood; these vampires are *pause for dramatic effect* energy suckers.

We rely on appliances now, and with smart meters rolling out across the country over the coming years, we’ve got more than ever. In fact, the average household contains 40-50 electrical appliances. But which ones are the vampires? Read on to find out…

The Fridge

It’s in the corner of the kitchen with its reassuring hum and soft glow, but don’t be fooled, your fridge could be sucking down your electricity!  It’s one of those appliances that’s on all the time, so naturally you would expect it to be a bit of an energy drainer – but could it be tamed?

How to slay the vampire

You can’t turn your fridge or freezer off (and please don’t!) but what you can do is make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. That means making sure it’s running at the right temperature. We recommend 5˚C for your fridge. We’d also suggest checking all the seals to ensure you’re not cooling your whole kitchen and regularly defrosting your freezer. These simple checks could save you up to £100 per year on your energy bill, and reduce your energy usage as well. 

Electric Heaters

It provides comfort and warmth on those chilly days when you don’t want to put the heating on for the whole house. But its cosiness might be concealing some chilling hidden energy costs. In fact, just 2 hours of use per day could cost you over £17 a month!

How to slay the vampire

You could try using the heater for a little less time each day, or invest in some super cosy blankets and jumpers. Hot water bottles are also ideal for these autumnal days. If you really want to banish the chill you could also look at insulation for your home. (LINK)

The TV

Yes, the humble TV. It’s probably used every day and you’re likely to have more than one of these energy suckers in your home right now. As the picture and resolution have improved over the years, their thirst for power has also increased.

How to slay the vampire

It’s not always practical to get yourself a smaller screen but you can slay this vampire in other ways. Go for an LCD Flat screen instead of draining plasma, and make sure you switch it off at the wall and don’t leave it on standby. A quick switch at the wall can save you £80 per yearand you can even get yourself a couple of smart plugs so you can switch it off by remote control – easy! You can also add your games consoles to the list of things to put on smart plugs and save even more.

So surrender the wooden stake, you are now armed with all the information you need to slay those power-hungry vampires around your home. Let us know what you do to vamoose your vampires over on our Facebook page. 

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