Check your home's power guzzlers

Unfortunately, electricity prices are still high at home, as is the case in the rest of Europe. Fortunately, however, there are several different things you can do yourself to keep the electricity bill under control. A greater insight into the home's biggest power guzzlers is an important step on the road to energy savings in the home.

Date 17.11.21

Unfortunately, electricity prices are still high at home, as is the case in the rest of Europe. Fortunately, however, there are several different things you can do yourself to keep the electricity bill under control. A greater insight into the home's biggest power guzzlers is an important step on the road to energy savings in the home.

Standby devices steal power and money

The Danish homes are now well stocked with digital devices, which make sure that the household members are entertained... and that the electricity meter is at eternal work. The problem with many of the electrical devices is their respective standby function. Because even though we think we've turned off the device, we haven't turned it off. The devices are on standby, thus continuing to draw power while we sleep and go to work.

What are the units involved?

The largest standby power guzzlers in the home are our flat screens, desktops, speakers, gaming consoles, printers, routers, TV boxes and the like. The same for all of them is that we often simply turn them off partially instead of turning them off at their respective outlet. In this way, the device continues to be kept unnecessarily powered in its hibernation mode.

Up to 15% of electricity bills are all standby power

Standby power accounts for between 10-15% of the total home's electricity consumption[i]. The huge proportion is mainly due to the fact that standby devices are allowed to draw power for up to 15 hours each day to no avail. If you add to this that the number of digital devices in Danish homes has grown steadily in recent years, then you are faced with a standby consumption that will probably only increase over time.

Cut climate and economy by cutting standby consumption

Unnecessary standby consumption not only costs money, but is also an incredibly poor solution for the climate. It also costs on the CO2 accounts to have all your units on standby. The fastest and absolute easiest solution is to turn off all the different devices via the outlet. That way you get to the problem immediately. You can also choose to replace your older devices for newer versions, which often have a significantly larger power-saving standby function.

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Gain unique insight into electricity prices and create additional savings

In addition to the savings on the home's many standby devices, there are also other important places where active action can be taken against the high electricity prices. There may be a greater variation in electricity prices depending on when on the day you use the Danish electricity grid. In peak situations, when people return home from school and work, demand is greatest. So is the price per kWh.

With Watts Energy variable-price electricity subscription, you pay for your power hour by hour. You have thus not committed yourself to a fixed price throughout the day, but instead have a greater say in your electricity bill. This means that you can move all or part of your electricity consumption to cheaper times of the day to save further.

In this connection, watts app can be used to create a unique insight into the 24/7 electricity prices hour by hour. In addition, the app also provides an exclusive overview of today's green power zones, so that you can choose to shift some of the electricity consumption over at times of low CO2 intensity.

[i] sparenergi.dk

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