How many gadgets do you have in your home?
And they all need charging but do you know how much all this charging costs? No, nor do I.
There are five of us normally in our home and if like me you spend some of your time going around the house switching off plug sockets and unplugging gadget charges that aren’t being used, you have my sympathy.
In my home the family has the following gadgets, that all need charging;
8 x smart phones.
5 x laptops
4 x TV’s
1 x Xbox
1 x Playstation
1 x Nintendo Wii
1 x iPad
1 x Satellite receiver box
2 x hair dyers
2 x hair straighteners
3 x iPods
5 x handheld games consoles
You may be wondering why I have included hairdryers and hair straighteners? It’s simple, they are permanently plugged in and switched on at the socket, for some inexplicable reason. And when I ask why, I can’t seem to get a coherent response, let alone a sane answer. If I unplug them and switch off the socket, all hell breaks loose! And this is after I have explained the potential fire hazard.
I have a twice daily routine, much to the dismay to the rest of the family, where I go around the house and unplug all chargers and switch off the sockets. Why? Well besides the fact that I would like to reduce the electricity bill, it is also my contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.
The kids and wife all complain about what they call my ‘weird antics’. They also believe that I have OCD! But I try to explain that my ‘weird antics’ are for the greater good, and not only for us a family – money saved on electricity bills can be spent on the family. We are also doing our little bit to reduce CO2 emissions and help in some small way, save the planet.
We, as a family, have had numerous discussions about how to reduce the electricity consumption in our home. But the obvious idea of unplugging the chargers and switching off the sockets when not in use or NOT using the gadgets whilst they are charging, does not seem to resonate with them!
Solar PV can provide free electricity during the day and whilst this helps during the school holidays, it doesn’t help the rest of the time. My youngest son asked why I couldn’t hook up my exercise bike to the electricity supply to generate some more free electricity? Whilst a great a idea and he is certainly thinking along the right lines, unfortunately my exercise regime would just about provide enough power to boil the kettle!
So, after much discussion i have informed the family that drastic action is required. As a dedicated gadget charging point in the house is not allowed (apparently and according to my wife, it wouldn’t fit in with the current decor), i am going to monitor the consumption and then put my electricity reduction plan into action.
What is my plan? In the lounge and conservatory I intend to install remote controlled ‘standby savers’ that will enable me to switch off any electrical appliance when they are not in use. As I am normally the last one to go to bed at night, I will also get an an electrician to install ‘room isolation’ switches on the main fuse box. This will enable me to switch off the power to the sockets in the kids rooms which in turn will curtail their need to charge their smart phones overnight and leave their games consoles on standby. It may be a controversial plan, but it they can’t be arsed to act on the current electricity consumption, I will.