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Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #14

I had missed writing my easy energy saving tips, so thought I’d share a good one today.  It’s so easy, and has potentially big savings, so I think you’ll like it:

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#14  Turn the brightness down, on your TV.

Apparently, the average household can save as much £8 a month – £96 a year –  just by turning the brightness down on their TV.

When TV sets are packaged for sale or display, they are set at much higher levels of brightness and contrast than really necessary, according to the website HDTVTest (via The Guardian).  Manufacturers do this bit of trickery so the screens look all bright and jazzy in illuminated shop displays,  but actually the settings are too bright for most living rooms.

Increased brightness and contrast means increased power consumption – just by adjusting the brightness and contrast downwards you’ll probably get a better picture in your home, and save yourself a nice little sum of money, as well as saving a great deal of energy.

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Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #13

It’s been a little while since my last save energy with one simple step post, and I thought it was time to resurrect it, so lo and behold, here is tip number 13 for you:

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Tip 13 – Clock Off

Vampire power is quite a dramatic term for the energy that appliances and electrical goods use when they are plugged in but on stand-by.  Most people get that leaving the TV or TV box on stand-by is a drain on energy but forget about the less obvious energy consumers, like their microwave.

I’ve written before that microwaves are great energy saving devices: and briefly mentioned how we need to remember to switch them off at the wall when you’re done, but I thought it would be good to expand on this today.  I used to work in an office where the digital clock on the microwave was always on, yet there was a wall clock directly above the microwave, making the clock on the microwave completely redundant.  I don’t think this is an uncommon situation: the Daily Green say “it its estimated that a typical microwave is on for 70 hours a year, but draws power for more than 100 times as long, to keep the clock and electronic controls powered“.  One blogger found that in fact his microwave clock was consuming 25-30% of the power of the heating element of his microwave.

It’s quite a staggering amount of energy that could be saved with one simple flick of the switch – they don’t come much easier than that!

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