Guide To Saving Electricity

Electricity is expensive. Most of us know this, because every year a new bill is sent to the mailbox, which rarely includes a refund. For many users this is a nuisance. But where should we start saving? What are the energy guzzlers and is it actually difficult to save electricity? These and other questions form in the minds of many users when they look at billing.

Saving electricity can be very simple and can be done in just a few steps. Saving electricity is not only good for the environment, but also for your own account. We reveal how saving the yellow miracle juice works and how a lot of electricity can be saved with just a few tips and measures. And that is quite simple and incidental.

Electricity is important for everyone and is needed for daily life. But often there are numerous energy guzzlers in the immediate vicinity that make the electricity meter dance. These energy guzzlers should be “defused” at all costs, because this is the only way to really save electricity.

How can I identify the “power guzzlers”?

In order to really save electricity, you have to identify the “power guzzlers” among household appliances. Normally there are some suspects, among them the old refrigerator, the pointlessly running television or the much too old freezer. The usual suspects include computers and monitors running in standby mode.

Consumers have different options for finding out whether their own appliances are really eaters. If you still have the exact model names and numbers of the devices, you can use them, for example, to test the power consumption in the network. However, these tests are mostly only guideline values and no exact information about the individual power consumption.

If the consumption is to be tested really exactly, then consumers should reach for an electricity meter or also an electricity meter. These devices are connected between the device and the socket and then measure the power consumption of the refrigerator or another device. An electric meter can be bought for little money in a supermarket or DIY store and shows the exact consumption of the appliance. So you know immediately how much electricity the old refrigerator uses.

Set appliances correctly – this saves electricity without investment.

If electricity needs to be saved, this can often be done by very simple means. This is also the case, for example, when the equipment is reset. Again and again devices are set incorrectly, which means that considerably more electricity is consumed. The question now arises as to which devices can actually be set. In principle, the refrigerator, freezer and, in some respects, washing machine and dishwasher can be set. The computer monitor can also be adjusted to save energy.

Washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerators

Let’s start by looking at the washing machine as a potential new energy saver. Here, savings can often be made with lower temperatures, lower spin rates and an Eco program. The same applies to the dishwasher. Here, too, a lot can be saved if the temperature and the washing program are selected correctly. Temperature regulation is also the most important factor for refrigerators and freezers. This can be set so that both the fridge and freezer consume less. For example, a refrigerator does not need to be colder than 7 degrees and a freezer does not need to be colder than minus 18 degrees.

Computer monitor

The monitor on the PC can also be set to consume less power. Computer monitors are often equipped with very bright light so that the user can see sufficiently on the monitor. But often the lighting doesn’t have to be as strong as the default settings. In order to save electricity, the lighting of the monitor can therefore be lowered.


At this point we want to include the dryer. This is also a power guzzler. Especially in the cold season it is an aid, but in the warm season the dryer should retire. In this case there are adjustment possibilities only with the temperature and with the general drying behavior, but also here money can be saved. Dry your laundry in the garden in summer and save energy.

But what happens to the devices that cannot be set separately? Here it is recommended to use a power strip with switch. This is a socket extension to which several devices can be connected. The switch on the socket strip allows the user to disconnect several devices from the power supply at the same time without having to pull the plugs out of the socket.

What needs to be considered?

You really shouldn’t pay much attention to a socket strip. The only important thing is not to overload it with too many devices. Only as many devices should be connected as there are sockets on the strip. If you need more sockets, you should buy a new strip with more slots and not plug in any more adapters!

In addition, users may want to use a socket with surge protection. Although these are usually a little more expensive, they can protect the devices in the event of a voltage peak or a lightning strike.

Which devices consume stand-by power at all?

Now the question arises as to which devices run in standby mode and why they should be connected to a power strip. Basically almost all devices can run on standby. If you look around your home, you will quickly realize that:

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • radio
  • receiver
  • Printers
  • game console
  • microwave
  • and other devices

in standby mode, although this is not necessary. If you plug them into a socket with a switch, the devices can be easily disconnected from the power supply and no longer consume electricity when they are switched off.

Old appliances should be replaced by new ones.

A further measure to save electricity can be the replacement of old appliances. Old appliances that no longer have the correct energy standard can be replaced. Refrigerators, microwaves and televisions in particular can become real power guzzlers over the years. Of course, consumers should not have to buy a new appliance every year, but it is worth checking every five years at the latest whether it makes sense to replace them.

Note on calculation – when is it worth replacing?

Experts repeatedly advise that the refrigerator or other appliance should be replaced after five years. However, it is often not possible to determine this exactly. After all, buying a new refrigerator or television every five years is a costly business.

Therefore, the electricity consumption of the old appliance should be offset against the purchase price and the lower consumption of the new appliance. However, you should know how much electricity the devices consume. This information can be obtained from your old appliance using the ammeter. With the new devices these data are to be found already often in the net or with the manufacturer directly – here also the energy label, which became meanwhile with many devices the obligation, is very helpful. If one weighs the old consumption against the acquisition costs and the savings of the new device, one will be able to determine fast whether the new acquisition is already worthwhile.

The savings often pay off very quickly with appliances that run 24 hours a day, for example the cooling appliances that are more frequently mentioned here. But also with washing machines and Co. a replacement can be meaningful.

Check lamps – here you have an additional savings factor

Lamps can be an additional savings factor, because often the light bulbs or illuminants have more watts than they must have. Checking the lamps and possibly changing the light source can help save electricity. Consumers will find more information on this in the illuminants section.

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