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Money saving devices
Below are the devices I used to significantly reduce our electriticy bills.
We went from 12-14kWh per day to around 6.5kWh per day, saving nearly 50% off
our electricity usage cost.
Indoor/Outdoor Weather Station
I noticed that often a cool change had come but we didn't know. By having an indoor/outdoor
weather station as soon as the temperature drops outside we open up the house and let
nature cool the house down instead of an expensive air-conditioner. Now we only use the
air-conditioner on the hotest days. Our sample test revealed that 30% of people continue
to use an air-conditioner after the cool change arrives.
Price: Around $40
Foot Switch Operated Mains Outlet
The foot switch is my favourite money saving device. The foot switch is
is a mechanical switch and except for a indicator to let you know it is on, uses very little power.
Place the foot switch in a convenient location
and power off the TV, DVD, Games units all with a single press of your foot. Use it
to turn of your computer, monitor and printer. The savings in standby power should
pay for this unit in around 6-12 months.
Price: Under $30
Watts Clever Mains power meter
They say knowledge is power, but in this case knowledge is less power. An easy to read screen means you can work
out how many watts a device is using and then with the Energy Calculator you can
work out which devices are costing you the most. I replaced my kettle so I could boil just the water
I needed and that alone will pay for this unit every year. Once you know what a device
is costing you, you can make better decisions.
Price: Under $30
Mains power meter
This is a lower cost power meter. The smaller display is harder to read, but since you'll only want
a meter to measure devices once, this unit will pay for itself many times over.
Watts: Enter the watt rating for the appliance. For a light this is found on the light.
For more complex items such as the standby power used by a television, you will need a device to measure the
Hours: Enter the number of hours you use the appliance for per day. If you use the appliance for less than an
hour enter the time as a decimal. That is half an hour is 0.5. If you use the item once a week, or once a month,
first divide the time by the number of days. E.g. Iron once a week for 2 hours. Divide 2 by 7 which gives 0.28
hours per day.
Price/kWh: This is the price the energy company sells electricity to you including GST. The default price
is for Red Energy which is 21.45 cents as at 1 January 2011. This is not an endorsement for Red Energy, just a base
rate to work with. Check your rate from your latest electricity bill.
The price you enter will stay until you close the page.
Cost/Year: This figure is the cost per year of using the appliance.
Cost/Day: This figure is the cost per day of using the appliance.
Replacement unit payback period
Cost: This is the cost of the new appliance that you are thinking of buying to replace the existing appliance.
Watts: This is the watts used by the new appliance.
Savings per year: This is the savings made by using a lower energy unit. A negative value means it is costing more.
Payback period in months: This is how long it will take to pay off the new appliance based on the energy