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.
3. The refrigerator is more important than you think
You don't take much notice of your refrigerator, except when it is empty and you have to go shopping to fill it. The importance of your refrigerator is obvious: it is always on, always using electricity and you cannot allow yourself to unplug it (unless you go on a long holiday).
This is where technology is important: a newly purchased model will be up to 40% more efficient when using electricity than a ten-year old refrigerator. We are not going to tell you to go and buy a new refrigerator just like that (although you would be saving in the long run), but we are going to give you a list of the things you do that are costing you money:
- Hot food: by putting hot food into the refrigerator you are making it work twice as hard, which is equivalent to more consumption and a higher electricity bill.
- Open door: you get in with the shopping and you leave the refrigerator door open a few minutes while you sort the bags out. Keeping the door open will lose cold air and cost more money than if you only open and close it when strictly necessary.
- The refrigerator against the oven: everyone must make use of the room they have in their kitchens, but insofar as possible, try by all means to prevent the refrigerator from being too close to the oven, the dishwasher or the washing machine. They are all a source of heat that will oppose your refrigerator's task.
4. Every time you do laundry with a half-empty machine, you waste
Always fully fill the drum of your washing machine and set the temperature between 40 and 60 degrees. Your electricity bill will really notice it, with savings of up to 40% on consumption.
The planet will notice it, since you will be saving electricity and water.
5. It is not all about using less: the price of the kWh is significant too
The four preceding tips are a matter of decency, of being aware that wasting energy is not good. No excuses. But if we focus on your electricity bill to try to get it down, it is important to bear in mind that in the end, a good chunk of what you are going to pay is the result of multiplying the kWh you have consumed by the price of the kWh.
And how much is the kWh? That is the issue. There is not just a single price, it depends on your tariff.
Some prices vary depending on the time of the day. And if you want to make your life easier and not have to keep checking the time, there are other fixed-price tariffs. No surprises: regardless of what you consume, you will pay the same.
If you like doing things online (you can't remember the last time you actually did any paperwork in person), One Luz will suit you as a tariff. The kWh is always the same price… and it is very little. One Luz is Endesa's best online price.
Without any minimum commitment period: you can leave whenever you want to.