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Technology has come a long way in the last few decades. There have been enormous progress in the development of many household appliances. Televisions, kitchen appliances, air conditioners and water heaters have all become more efficient. Unfortunately, this has often come with an equally inefficient increase in power usage. Appliances such as plasma televisions provide a wonderful way to view the latest television offerings, but they can also provide entertainment when you open your power bill. It is often the case that it is just a small number of appliances that are increasing your power bill substantially. If you are able to identify these appliances, you can make some simple changes that will lower your power consumption considerably. These changes can be as simple as changing the globes in your existing lights or replacing large appliances completely. Homify has done the research and found the best ways to reduce the power usage in your house.

​Appliances in Stand-by-Mode

Modern living room by Niyazi Özçakar İç Mimarlık Modern

​Appliances in Stand-by-Mode

Appliances that are in stand by mode are switched off on the interface, but are technically still connected to and consuming power. This includes situations such as a television that may have been switched off using a remote control, but is still connected to the power and has an illuminated stand by light. These appliances use a surprising amount of power, even though they are not being used. This may not amount to very much if we are looking at individual appliances, although when we consider the different appliances which remain on stand by mode in a typical house, this can amount to a significant amount of wasted power. It is thought that up to 10% of a typical household power bill is wasted on appliances on stand by mode. Consider turning these appliances off at the power point to save power.

Appliances that are in stand by mode are switched off on the interface, but are technically still connected to and consuming power. This includes situations such as a television that may have been switched off using a remote control, but is still connected to the power and has an illuminated stand by light. These appliances use a surprising amount of power, even though they are not being used. This may not amount to very much if we are looking at individual appliances, although when we consider the different appliances which remain on stand by mode in a typical house, this can amount to a significant amount of wasted power. It is thought that up to 10% of a typical household power bill is wasted on appliances on stand by mode. Consider turning these appliances off at the power point to save power.

Old or Wrong Lighting

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Old or Wrong Lighting

If you have purchased an older home, there is a good chance that there are old light fittings in the house. There may also be older globes used in these lights. These lights can be using a lot more energy than they need to. As our awareness of power usage increases, so does our usage of power saving devices. One of the simplest and cheapest ways of incorporating a power saving policy in a house is with new energy efficient light globes. Traditionally all light globes were incandescent. These lights are very energy inefficient, using a large amount of energy to produce a relatively small amount of light. Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs are a far more efficient way of illuminating a home. These globes are four to five times more efficient than a incandescent globe and has a lifespan significantly longer than all other globes. This globe is by Lokolo.

If you have purchased an older home, there is a good chance that there are old light fittings in the house. There may also be older globes used in these lights. These lights can be using a lot more energy than they need to. As our awareness of power usage increases, so does our usage of power saving devices. One of the simplest and cheapest ways of incorporating a power saving policy in a house is with new energy efficient light globes. Traditionally all light globes were incandescent. These lights are very energy inefficient, using a large amount of energy to produce a relatively small amount of light. Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs are a far more efficient way of illuminating a home. These globes are four to five times more efficient than a incandescent globe and has a lifespan significantly longer than all other globes. This globe is by Lokolo.

​Fridge and Freezer

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​Fridge and Freezer

Power can be saved around your home in several ways. One important way is to turn off appliances that sit in stand by mode. Although there are several appliances that need to run 24 hours a day, and the fridge is one of these. This makes it all the more important to find smarter ways of saving power when it comes to the fridge. The technology that goes into constructing a fridge is improving every day. These newer and more efficient fridges provide a more constant temperature environment and use a lot less power. Newer fridges are shown to use half as much power and as such cost half as much to run. This means a big saving when it comes to running one of the most important appliances in the house. Change to a new fridge to save even more power in your home.

Power can be saved around your home in several ways. One important way is to turn off appliances that sit in stand by mode. Although there are several appliances that need to run 24 hours a day, and the fridge is one of these. This makes it all the more important to find smarter ways of saving power when it comes to the fridge. The technology that goes into constructing a fridge is improving every day. These newer and more efficient fridges provide a more constant temperature environment and use a lot less power. Newer fridges are shown to use half as much power and as such cost half as much to run. This means a big saving when it comes to running one of the most important appliances in the house. Change to a new fridge to save even more power in your home.

​Washing Machine

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​Washing Machine

The washing machine represents another essential appliance we have in our homes. If we can save money with these appliances, we can make a real difference on our power bills. Washing machines have become more energy efficient with the advancement of technology. The newer washing machines can save power significantly compared with an older and outdated machine. Consider trading your old machine in on a newer energy efficient model. Savings can also be made when using a washing machine. Instead of using the machine when you need certain clothes washed, consider waiting until you have a full load before putting on the machine. Consider also using only the cold wash option, this can reduce your power bill by up to 60%. By making these small changes, you can reduce your washing machine power usage significantly. This machine is by Miele. 

The washing machine represents another essential appliance we have in our homes. If we can save money with these appliances, we can make a real difference on our power bills. Washing machines have become more energy efficient with the advancement of technology. The newer washing machines can save power significantly compared with an older and outdated machine. Consider trading your old machine in on a newer energy efficient model. Savings can also be made when using a washing machine. Instead of using the machine when you need certain clothes washed, consider waiting until you have a full load before putting on the machine. Consider also using only the cold wash option, this can reduce your power bill by up to 60%. By making these small changes, you can reduce your washing machine power usage significantly. This machine is by Miele. 

​Stove

minimalist  by ERGE GmbH, Minimalist

​Stove

The stove is another essential appliance in a home. There are many types of stoves that are available today; gas and electricity are the most popular types. It was once the case that electric stoves were energy hungry and inefficient. This has changed recently with the introduction of several new types of stoves that are efficient and energy saving. This has included the sold disk elements, radiant elements under glass and induction elements. Of these new technologies, it is the induction elements that are the most energy efficient. Induction elements use 90% of used energy to cook food, this compares with 65% with a conventional electric stove. This is a great way to save money on energy costs in the kitchen. To save even more money consider also using smaller appliances such as toaster ovens or microwaves when cooking a small amount of food. These use much less energy than heating an element, a pot and the food.

The cost of power is increasing every day, while the amount of energy we need to run our many appliances is increasing. These costs can put a significant dent in our budget, but there are ways of saving money on our power bills. Be smart with the way you use power in the home; turn off appliances on stand by mode, change outdated light fittings, purchase newer power saving appliances such as fridges, washing machines and stove, and finally consider replacing the dryer with a clothes line, to provide a power free alternative to drying your clothes. These are just a few ideas on saving money on your power bill, for more inspiration see All you need to know when planning to install a solar system.

The stove is another essential appliance in a home. There are many types of stoves that are available today; gas and electricity are the most popular types. It was once the case that electric stoves were energy hungry and inefficient. This has changed recently with the introduction of several new types of stoves that are efficient and energy saving. This has included the sold disk elements, radiant elements under glass and induction elements. Of these new technologies, it is the induction elements that are the most energy efficient. Induction elements use 90% of used energy to cook food, this compares with 65% with a conventional electric stove. This is a great way to save money on energy costs in the kitchen. To save even more money consider also using smaller appliances such as toaster ovens or microwaves when cooking a small amount of food. These use much less energy than heating an element, a pot and the food.

The cost of power is increasing every day, while the amount of energy we need to run our many appliances is increasing. These costs can put a significant dent in our budget, but there are ways of saving money on our power bills. Be smart with the way you use power in the home; turn off appliances on stand by mode, change outdated light fittings, purchase newer power saving appliances such as fridges, washing machines and stove, and finally consider replacing the dryer with a clothes line, to provide a power free alternative to drying your clothes. These are just a few ideas on saving money on your power bill, for more inspiration see All you need to know when planning to install a solar system.