Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published November 19th 2013
One bulb is better than five.
Ever since I heard about climate change, saving energy has been my continuous aim. I turn the lights out when no one is in the room, switch my television off from the mains so it is not on standby, and only fill the kettle to the minimum level. This has always been to my family's annoyance. They might leave the sitting room to get a drink or have a bathroom break, and then find that their TV programme is now off air and that they are walking into total darkness. In my defence, they often leave the room for long periods, intending to return, but then getting distracted. I think I have the right to turn the lights out.
But setting grumbles aside, saving the planet is not the only reason we need to be reducing our energy usage. With all the major energy companies raising their prices, some people are having to choose between 'eating and heating'.
We get all kinds of information about how to save on our energy bills, but do you have any personal tips or strategies you use? One suggestion I have is about light bulbs. As well as considering which type of light bulbs you use - low wattage, and energy efficient ones - consider how many you use. Chandeliers with lots of bulbs may look attractive, but use a lot more energy than if you just use one bulb. If you have a chandelier, consider taking some of the bulbs out or not replacing them once they've gone out.
I always cook with a fan oven because they are more efficient. The air circulates around the whole oven, meaning you can cook at a lower temperature, and it tends not to take as long. There is also the added benefit of the food at the back not getting burnt while the food at the front being under done. It's all cooked evenly.
Here's a question. If a socket is left on, but not connected to anything, does it still use power? I have often wondered this. I always turn the socket off, whether there is a plug in or not, but I don't know if it makes any difference.