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kaz

Electricity consumption

I've just entered by electricity reading online and the site provides some very interesting statistics.

We seriously started to try to reduce our electricity consumption in February this year and even bought an 'Owl' so that we know how much we are using. T

According to the statistics our daily average consumption has dropped from 30kWh to 13 kWh    
Bazzer

"Owl"?????
green man

Re: Electricity consumption

kaz wrote:


According to the statistics our daily average consumption has dropped from 30kWh to 13 kWh    


Wow that is impressive kaz do tell us about your "Owl".
kaz

A gadget that clips around the electric cable in the main box that sends messages to a digital box that we have fixed on the wall in the kitchen that shows exactly how much electricity we are using at any time - switch the kettle on and it goes up 2.5 kw, the shower - 8 kw. It made us realise which items were using the most power
Justme

Thats good going, well done  
kaz

The owl alerted us to various things - that the 2 double flourescent lights that are permanently on in the kitchen could be cut down to 2 single tubes without us appearing to be in the dark and that the 2 dehumidifiers that we use were eating power so now they are both on timer switches to come on for a few hours a day only. The tumble drier only gets used now when the children bring their washing home with them to be washed and dried by the time that they leave again I'm sure that you have also heard Bodger complain that I keep switching lights out on him as well  

Here's the graph that forms part of the statistics

Pilsbury

we have our owl display sitting on top of the telly and shows we are currently using 3.3p worth of electricity per hour, the kettle costs 60p and hour to boil and the electric oven costs 70p an hour as it heats up but it drops back to 7 or 8p once hot so its not all heart attacks.

we also have lights that take 5 bulbs each in the living room and dining room and they are on dimmers so we cant use low energy ones so the living room one only has 1 working bulb and the dining room one is only used during diner parties.
all in all it has peobably saved us the £30 it cost by educating us what was costing the money although we originally bought it to see how much our Dehydraters were costing us to run so we could accuratly price our munchies.
Eschra

We using similar smart metering at work for all our offices - so all our sites are readable online - makes my job badgering the service desk lot about energy a lot easier  

We do have at home a key meter for gas and electric so when we got it, we began to read how much energy we were using in terms of kWh and £'s.

The Tefal Quickcup kettle we have is a neat one. Pumps water through a coil which heats the water as it pours it into the cup (imagine the tea and coffe machines in cafe but much smaller) and uses negligable leccie in the process (good job given that it's only polidori that generally drinks hot drinks) - boiling kettle for one was pointless!!!

Some of our friends must think we're nuts in our fastidiousness over energy but I love the fact that we spend only a negligable amount more in winter because of our careful use of heat and energy all year round.  

The planet wins and so do our pockets - £'s!

The owl does sound like a investment long term Kaz - please give us some info!  
Bazzer

I'm with Excretia there.
Lots of info. please Kaz.
kaz

This looks like the one that we have got - I bought mine from Argos

http://www.electricity-monitor.co...-energy-monitors-owl-c-37_30.html
Pilsbury

here you go

http://www.theowl.com/

it needs no wireing in, the sender unit just clips round the incoming cable at the meter and then sends the information wirelessly to the display box, you can change the desplay from Kwh to pence and alter the pence value so it is accurate depending on how much per unit you are charged, once its programmed it just reads the usage updated every 20 seconds or minuet depending on your settings
Eschra

Thanks for the Argos tip Kaz - I found it:

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs...p;searchTerms=electricity+monitor

Not a bad price at £37.99considering it's usefulness!!! Might have to wait til ljanuary-February - but definitely on my list!  

Thanks Kaz  
Justme

Before you run out & buy one.

Some elec companies are giving them away free. Check if yours does or do a comparison on prices & see if you can get one as part of the deal.
Eschra

We live in Yorkshire justme - free is a swear word this side of the regional borders  

I will be shopping around first though!!!  
Rare one

after talking to kaz and seeing how good they were on one of our visits,we were discussing buying one when eldest son rang and said they are on price drop tv,shall I get you one ? Under £20 inc postage. Great buy,it does make you think twice. Well worth the money.
 to you Kaz for telling me about it at the time.
kaz

Eschra wrote:

The Tefal Quickcup kettle we have is a neat one. Pumps water through a coil which heats the water as it pours it into the cup (imagine the tea and coffe machines in cafe but much smaller) and uses negligable leccie in the process (good job given that it's only polidori that generally drinks hot drinks) - boiling kettle for one was pointless!!!



I've looked at similar products but the reviews seemed to point to the fact that the water didn't get hot enough for a cup of tea
kaz

We've just read the meter again for 'the settlement quarter' and our payments are going to be dropped by nearly half for the next year    
The wood burning stoves (and the new central heating system) have certainly paid for themselves
MrsWW

nice one Kaz  
Justme

Well done you (both).
debbie

Kaz, out of interest how much is the incubator costing to run?  (sorry Bodger)
kaz

debbie wrote:
Kaz, out of interest how much is the incubator costing to run?  (sorry Bodger)


Good question.....I shall have to switch it off to check
Justme

kaz wrote:
debbie wrote:
Kaz, out of interest how much is the incubator costing to run?  (sorry Bodger)


Good question.....I shall have to switch it off to check


That will only tell you its peak load. Not its total power used over time which is what you will be billed for.
bodger

debbie wrote:
Kaz, out of interest how much is the incubator costing to run?  (sorry Bodger)

Just wait until I see you again madam. With friends like you who needs enemies? She's already thinking about switching them off at night as an economy measure.
debbie

Justme

bodger wrote:
She's already thinking about switching them off at night as an economy measure.


That does not bode well for you if you are ever rigged up to a machine........
emma42

Bazzer wrote:
I'm with Excretia there.
Lots of info. please Kaz.


*cough*  you've got an electric monitor already daddikins
The wicked stepmother showed it to me ages ago and then i got one too!  
Bazzer

emma42 wrote:
*cough*  you've got an electric monitor already daddikins
The wicked stepmother showed it to me ages ago and then i got one too!  


Did you check the date of that post Dumbo?
emma42

lol no it was late and I was so stuffed with food I couldn't think straight!!  
Bazzer

Forget all the Shyte of Bulls. A simple sorry daddy will do.
emma42

Sorry Daddy  
Cheers for the grub last night  
Here's to low electricity useage!  
Bazzer

How can I , both ovens going and having a baking day tomorrow?
Still soon be washing line weather instead of Tumble Drier, that should help.

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