If you have returned from your summer holiday without a penny in your pocket, it means you have had a good time. But the economy is unforgiving and the old routine soon comes back with all its expenses.
Autumn can be an upward slog if you don't have a plan in place to tackle all your usual bills (insurance renewal, mobile phone expenses) or unexpected bills (car repair expenses). And of course, your electricity bill, which will arrive on time every month.
We're going to teach you how to manage your electricity bill so that you can tackle those obstacles more easily.
1. Do away with phantom power consumption
Nobody sees them, but they're there. Ghosts that consume electricity on your behalf. Electrical appliances which, in theory, are not using electricity. But in reality, they are and more than you think. When you're not at home, when you're sleeping at night, when you were on holiday… they were still draining your kWh and increasing your electricity bill.
Up to 10% of your consumption could be caused by these ghosts. Around 5 euro per month of unnecessary expenditure on electricity. The recipe to get rid of them is to switch them off. But switch them off properly, don't leave them on stand-by, you must unplug them.
Leaving the TV switched on with the little red standby light on, the laptop closed but with a blinking light, the hi-fi with a LED light to check the time, which you never look at… If you add it all up, it can amount to around 3,500 kWh per year, around 52 euros you have voluntarily donated simply through wasteful spending.
2. Your jumper and blanket will be your best friends
Though the cold has yet to arrive, it is only a matter of time. Before giving in to the temptation to turn the heating on full, consider these three arguments:
- Your wardrobe is full of sweaters and blankets that will wrap you up and keep you warm.
- Every degree increase in your house means using around 7% more.
- An overly warm house will dry out the air too much, favouring colds… and it is no good for the environment.