Any Russian home or mobile device “eats up” at least 1-2% of your electricity bills per month, even when it’s not working but plugged in, Ivan Samoylenko, managing partner of the B&C Agency communications agency, told Gazeta. .Ru.
According to him, in such a “standby mode” electricity is consumed, and this can really be saved.
“Therefore, it is recommended that you always turn off all appliances when leaving the building. This is also a fire extinguishing measure, because the same charger for a smartphone can get hot and ignite, ”the expert added.
He also pointed out that it’s important to remember the risk of a sudden power surge when many devices are always on. “Because of this, not only the equipment, but the whole apartment or house can burn,” said the expert.
Older TVs can consume up to 2-3 watts in standby mode, while new plasma and LCD TVs can consume around 4-6 watts.
However, most often TVs in this format work at least all night, and sometimes all day, when the owners of the apartments go to work. If the TV is in standby mode every day, an extra charge of 3-12 kWh per month on average, depending on the model.
Currently, one kWh in Russian cities costs an average of 3-6 rubles. depending on the region.
So, if we take the average price of 4 rubles, then only for the power supply of the indoor TV will be overpaid from 12 to 48 rubles per month. For six months, this amount will be 144-576 rubles.
Consider turning off the monitor while working on the computer. This will save up to 0.2 kW. In “sleep mode” the computer consumes up to 0.3 kW. There is an overpayment of about 12 kWh per month.
Printers and scanners also draw power from the mains even if they are turned off. These devices are usually used for about 10-15 minutes a day and turning them off will save 2-3 kWh more each month.
Choosing the right hair dryer will save up to 40 kWh each month. This device is one of the record-breakers in terms of electricity consumption in homes.
Using energy-saving lamps will also allow you to use less electricity. In addition, these lamps have a longer service life. It will be possible to save about 50-70 kWh every month.
There is another source of energy consumption that is not obvious – a charger for a smartphone (until it charges). If the charger is plugged in continuously for a month, it will only consume about 30 W, even for a year it will average only 0.4 kWh.
How to minimize overpayment
Energy saving in apartments with mandatory minimum equipment will reduce consumption by about 70-140 kWh. at the rate of 3 rubles. The amount per kWh will be 210-420 rubles.
However, someone may have other power-hungry appliances in their home such as air conditioners, tumble dryers, and dishwashers.
Samoylenko recommended the use of multi-tariff electricity meters (in the daytime electricity will be more expensive, at night it will be much cheaper). This will allow you to do some work at night or at a lower rate in the evening. For example, turn on the washing machine with a timer or run the dishwasher at night.
Updating household appliances will also help improve the situation. For example, old refrigerators and washing machines consume 2-3 times more electricity than modern models with lower power consumption.
Of the basic tips – do not plug in appliances if they are not going to be used in the coming hours or days. It is more economical to use point light sources in rooms – floor lamps and table lamps consume less energy than chandeliers with several lamps.
“If you take such an integrated approach to the use of electricity in an apartment, you can save about 20-30% per month on utility bills,” Samoylenko said.