How much can you save while sleeping?
You wake up to your alarm clock in the morning, brush your teeth, unplug your phone, and begin your day. But have you ever thought about all that silent consumption of electricity going on while you’re asleep? Many of us assume that because all the lights and appliances are switched off, they aren’t consuming electricity, but this assumption is far from the truth.
Homes in the UK use energy passively all the time, without the bill payer even noticing that the energy is being consumed. Very few of us turn our appliances off overnight, and even those who do can’t turn off everything, or else they would end up with a dead phone and gone off milk. Freezers are left on 24/7, even when we go on holiday, and our chargers and plug sockets are never switched off.
This passive consumption of energy by a home is called the base load and can amount to costing home owners from around £200 to a whopping £500 on their energy bills every year.
The base load is the amount of energy the house consumes, while it sits in a resting state. This encompasses all appliances that are constantly on, even when the owner of the house isn’t there. It is an important figure for us all to be aware of because the house will never fall below the base load unless there is a power cut, accumulating a cost to the homeowner every second of the day.
Here are a few ways to reduce your base load overnight and save while sleeping:
- Turn off your devices at the plug. We know it sounds simple, but lots of us don’t do it. ‘Mobile phone chargers, laptop docking stations and some desktop printers use energy regardless of whether they are charging or not because the voltage transformers on the plug consume energy. This is known as electrical leakage.’ (environment.admin.cam.ac.uk) OWL sockets make life a lot easier and allow you to turn individual sockets off using a remote control, so you don’t have so many devices on standby overnight.
- Buy energy efficient technology. There are plenty of gadgets out there that can help to reduce your base load and a lot of newer technologies have fantastic energy ratings already included as standard. For instance, new LED TVs, low energy light bulbs, combi fridge-freezers and any other A++ rated appliance. All these appliances aim to reduce the amount of energy a home needs to consume from the grid.
- The most effective way to reduce the base load of a home is to get rid of it all together by installing Solar PV and battery storage. The Solar PV will generate electricity for 7-8 hours throughout the day to cover your base load and consumption, and any excess electricity will be stored in the battery. Once the battery is charged and the sun goes down, it will discharge for 7-8 hours covering the base load of your home overnight allowing you to sleep easier knowing your energy consumption from the grid has been reduced.
Here at Moixa, we have sized our smart batteries in 2 and 3 kWh units for this exact reason. Our units have been designed to discharge at a rate equivalent to the standard UK home’s base load (430W). This can equate to a saving of around £400-£600 per year with one of our solar PV and battery bundles (including GridShare cashback scheme and feed-in tariff), and that’s why Moixa won the most innovative product in the clean energy awards 2018. We help homeowners use clean, home-grown solar energy to power a home’s base load all day and night.
Finally, even the most energy conscious person can’t avoid certain appliances. However, replacing old devices with more efficient technology can help you reduce your energy bill dramatically and consistently for years to come. More money saving tips you can find here. Additionally, let’s just remember to switch things off. There are plenty of gadgets out there that will automatically turn your devices off at the plug for you, they are very simple to set up and not very expensive.
If you are interested in getting solar and a battery to help you make savings all year round, then fill in your details here and we will send you a personalised quotation based on your property or give a call to our Solar Storage Specialist on +44 (0)161 883 2374 and chat through your saving options.
Information accurate at the time of publishing.