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How Long Can You Afford NOT To Eliminate Standby Electricity?
How Can I Discover Electricity Standby?
The easiest way to discover standby electricity, is to install some form of electricity monitoring within your home. This monitoring can either be in the form of a single appliance plug-in wall socket monitor, or an in-home TOTAL ELECTRICITY MONITORING SYSTEM of which we offer both.
We have also specifically designed a DIY HOME ELECTRICITY AUDIT solution, where you simply take a walk around your home with a wireless battery powered monitor, connected to the whole of your home and record each appliances standby and normal power. Supplied with ready to go forms and spreadsheet, this home electricity reduction solution is a winner for many householders.
Of course once you are aware of the standby power and the normal running costs of your appliances, the electricity monitoring is there to back up your increased knowledge of electricity usage and costs. By keeping you up to date of electricity usage and costs in realtime.
We are not aware of any householder whom has installed electricity monitoring, not making considerable savings. As up to now, there has been no real way to getting the feedback on electricity usage and costs in your home.
How Can I Get Rid Of Standby Electricity?
There are three approaches to getting rid of standby electricity.
#1 - Switch off at the wall socket, any item you suspect has standby electricity. For those items such as air conditioning, you may have to switch the unit off in the powerbox. With any AC system, make sure you have the system powered on for sometime, before use is required. See your appliance manual for more information on this, as you may have a fluid conditioner.
#2 - Discover standby electricity with an electricity monitor. This second approach can discover standby electricity that up to this point, is unknown of.
During the the performance of our ELECTRICITY AUDIT SERVICES we often get the householder to switch off as much as possible in the home. When we all assume we are going to see 50W or less of power, the householder is amazed to see 100W, 200W or 300W. And is some cases far more. This is where the real investigation starts in reducing the power costs. And as you can see from the table above, 300W of 24/7 electricity is $800 PA on a 30 cent tariff!
#3 - Install a standby reduction switch to the appliances in question. These switches come as a lot of different types. You can install a switch for those hard to get to areas, the switch being hardwired or via a remote control.
Your local DIY store will have a large collection of wireless remote control switched outlet options, where you can install one on each socket and switch off remotely killing all of the standby power.
Why Do People Overlook Standby Electricity?
A lot of Aussie householders are simply not in touch with their electricity usage and costs. Most are familiar with the final cost of power only, but not aware of how that cost has arisen.
There is no real way of measuring daily usage and costs [monitoring system] in most homes, therefore standby electricity for most householders is not measurable and easily overlooked.
What Could That Same Wasted Power Alternatively Be Used For?
As we have now learned, a small amount of electricity when left on for a long time, can result in the total power used being a large cost on the electricity bill.
Interestingly ONLY 50W of standby electricity can be used to,
Run a 800W pool pump 6 hours a day for 91 days
Power a 51cm CRT TV 16 hours a day for 365 days
Heat the oven 4 hours each week for 365 days
Power a 10kWh Aussie home for 43 days
Do You Have Solar Power?
What most Aussie householders are not aware of, is the effect of electrical standby and how it can drastically reduce the financial gain, of any Solar Power system. It is not just rising electricity costs that eat away at the profit from a GROSS feed or NET feed system!
Visit our SOLAR POWER GAIN page to learn more, where we further explain it makes little sense to generate power above the roof to support waste, under it! What does make sense 100% of the time, is to firstly reduce any waste under the roof! And that is where our HOME ELECTRICITY AUDITS play an important role. We can even assess your situation during an audit and take all the guess work out of what size solar you may need, to offset your 'sunny hour' electricity usage.
Standby Electricity As A Nation
Australia like most other developed countries has a major problem with standby electricity. Standby electricity is often quoted as 10% or more of the total generated electricity supply. As one could assume, this is going to be a lot of power. According to Choice Magazine 2011, this wasted electricity amounted to more than $950M per year. It is not just power that can be saved though, but also the pollution created by this unnecessary power generation. Both issues created. because we are not simply turning off appliances.
Standby electricity greatly adds pressure to the generators of the electrical supply, where they are not able to meet customer demand, because we have not turned off those not needed appliances. We can all do our bit to help!
Electronic designers are already starting to add the On / Off switch back to appliances, for those of us not wanting the additional cost of standby electricity. Since 2011/12 there has been a drop in the standby electricity per household in Australia, due to the increased awareness of the cost. This being true though, we still see high standby electricity in the homes we AUDIT.
With increased awareness and a little education on the methods and products to eliminate standby electricity, this current waste of electrical power will become a thing of the past. Where we move forward as a country to not just becoming more energy efficient, but also learning to reduce the energy used in our homes.
Aussie Home Energy : Helping You Eliminate Standby Electricity 100%