Friday, April 11, 2008

Step Four, Powering Down

Think about how you use electricity. Perhaps you could change to a renewable energy supplier. 90% of Airtricity’s power comes from renewable sources. If you can reduce your peak load between 5 and 7 in the evening it takes the pressure off the National Grid, so spread the load if you can.

If you like gadgets you can buy a semi-smart meter down at the Cultivate shop in Temple Bar in Dublin City Centr . It tells you instantly how much electricity is being used, and encourages you to reduce your consumption. It shows at a glance the load that a kettle or immersion water heater uses. That’s all the more reason to only fill the kettle with the excat amount of water that you need.

A-rated appliances have come down in price in recent years, and it’s worth asking yourself, do you really need a fridge freezer that you can practically walk into?

You’ve probably changed over to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) at this stage, but have a look at the new Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that are out there. You may be able to change your low voltage halogens (that’s the bright lights over the kitchen counter), and reduce your carbon emissions even further.


bogman44 said...

I heard you on Pat Kenny today and i checked out the Electricsave gadget.
€95 in Cultivate
£39 or €50 approx online ( and elsewhere)

Shouldn't Cultivate be concerned about money saving along with enegery saving. It appears they're active participants in rip-off culture endemic in this country.
Eamonn Conlon

Ciarán said...

Thanks for that, I'm not sure if it's exactly the same gadget, but I do know that Cultivate are operating on a shoestring budget, and are worth supporting.

bogman44 said...

Sure, but why can't they be up front about it.