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did you know you can save money on electric by switching off and plugging out everything not in use. you can also make sure you only do full loads in the washer and make sure to keep your washer lint free. anyone got any other tips

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over a year ago
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kikogpe
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Unplug all appliances when leaving home is a useful tip, although the economy is very little, the environment will be grateful if all people do this.

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Lynibis

I switch off all appliances not in use but is it necessary to actually physically take the plug out?

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kikogpe
Mentor

If the device is on standby (red light on such as a TV, for example) it continues to use a minimum of power.

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Lynibis

kikogpe thanks, I couldn't get my head round why you would need to take an ordinary plug out with no red light lol.

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davidstockport

Lynibis If the socket has a switch on it there's no need to actually unplug just switch off at the socket, some appliances might not actually show a red light (although most do) if in doubt unplug or switch off at socket..

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Lynibis

davidstockport will do, thanks.

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AgnesFaludi

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jmsonl

I totally agree with kikogpe with the turning of everything off. I am now in the habit of doing this everytime I use something, not just when I leave the house. I also use remote controlled on off plugs for all my tv and computer systems. I just press a button and everything on the gang plug is off, obviously I power everything down first. Leaving chargers etc are a big drain as they are always transforming some voltage and stay warm. I keep getting notices from MSE saying I can get a deal of £870ish a year for gas and electricity, yet my current provider shows me that my projected yearly bill is £530.

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jmsonl

If you are really tight and have a USB powerbank and a job then charging this up at work and then charging your phone etc with this at home is something you could do. I know an extremely tight option yet it might be something I do ;)

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davidstockport

If on economy seven or similar try to use the seven hour lower rate period for things that use a lot of power: Washing machines, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners are just a few. But DO NOT leave washing machines or tumble dryers on while unattended.

Although economy seven is usually intended for storage heaters (usually on a circuit of their own) all other circuits are covered by it too, and it's quite in order to take advantage of the lower priced electricity.

I actually changed the wiring on one heater's junction box so a red neon light shows when that circuit is live (not necessarily when the heater is on) I can tell by the position of switch if the heater is switched on.

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zerocenturyzero

Use LED lights which can save you up to £240 a year.

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BW07

And also save you the cost of new bulbs every year when they pop.

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