Low Electricity Usage - How?

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TITEASCRAMP
TITEASCRAMP Posts: 1,744 Forumite
I read previous thread were people have reported to be averaging around 5-6 units of leccy a day.
Try as a may I cannot get mine this low. I'm constantly making sure we have everything turned off at the wall. But now I dont know what more I can do.
The lowest Iv had it is 7 thats a day with no washing.
Normally we average 9 units.
My house is a 3 bed semi: This is what Iv done and what we have:
2 adults 1 child
Everything turned off a wall
Energy light bulbs
Old fridge freezer
AAA rated washing machine
Plasma Tv, Amp, 6 speakers
Gas shower
No dishwasher
No tumble dryer
Gas hob and Oven
New condensing Combi boilersystem.
No outside lights
No alarm

If you can see anything were maybe I could save or what Im doing wrong please tell me. Also the people who are using less, whats your secret?

Whats your daily usage? 60 votes

3-5 units
18% 11 votes
6-7 units
10% 6 votes
7-9 units
16% 10 votes
10-13 units
21% 13 votes
14-17 units
16% 10 votes
18-22 units
11% 7 votes
22plus units
5% 3 votes
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  • espresso
    espresso Posts: 16,446 Forumite
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    Your "Old fridge freezer" and "Plasma Tv, Amp, 6 speakers" are likely to consume more than average appliances. Using 5 kWh per day is about half the national average consumption but you could buy a plug-in type energy monitor to check the consumption of your old fridge freezer.
    :doh: Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..:wall:
  • Curley
    Curley Posts: 205 Forumite
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    How often is your tv on? And do you actually watch it when it's on? I used to have mine on all the time when I was at home, now it only comes on at 7pm when I start to watch the soaps. Before that, it was only on for background noise.
    This space is available to rent... :D
  • TITEASCRAMP
    TITEASCRAMP Posts: 1,744 Forumite
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    espresso wrote: »
    Your "Old fridge freezer" and "Plasma Tv, Amp, 6 speakers" are likely to consume more than average appliances. Using 5 kWh per day is about half the national average consumption but you could buy a plug-in type energy monitor to check the consumption of your old fridge freezer.

    I knew 5 is very low but Im really curious as to how they do it.
    The fridge freezer is using more than a new one but when you look at the cost to buy one, it would take me 3 years to get my savings back and pay for itself.
  • Premier_2
    Premier_2 Posts: 15,141 Forumite
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    So no computer in the house then? :confused:
    "Now to trolling as a concept. .... Personally, I've always found it a little sad that people choose to spend such a large proportion of their lives in this way but they do, and we have to deal with it." - MSE Forum Manager 6th July 2010
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    Last month we used 15 units per day but we do have a few computers on and someone is at home during day a lot. We do try and save where we can and buy energy saving products any time they get renewed even pc has energy efficient psu

    We do have a large freezer plus a fridge freezer and a 40" tv. Also tumble (rarely on) and dishwasher (they dont use that much energy its AAA rated)

    The main large users of energy are showers, tumble dryer, kettle, large tv, cooker

    Two kids and two adults in a 3 bedroom semi. Both kids have there own computer and tv/pvr
  • TITEASCRAMP
    TITEASCRAMP Posts: 1,744 Forumite
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    Curley wrote: »
    How often is your tv on? And do you actually watch it when it's on? I used to have mine on all the time when I was at home, now it only comes on at 7pm when I start to watch the soaps. Before that, it was only on for background noise.

    Probably average over a week would be around 6 hours a day.

    I do turn it off if no ones in the room.
  • TITEASCRAMP
    TITEASCRAMP Posts: 1,744 Forumite
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    Premier wrote: »
    So no computer in the house then? :confused:

    We do have a computer but its turned off a the wall. I only use it if i need to print. (half a dozen times year)
    We have 2 laptops than are charged up and then I turn the charger off and let them run on their own battery.
  • KimYeovil
    KimYeovil Posts: 6,156 Forumite
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    Probably average over a week would be around 6 hours a day.

    :rolleyes: (slaps forehead incredulously) A big TV and a six speaker amplifier system on six hours a day. And you wonder why your bills stay high?
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    How come you use a six speaker amp on all time when you watch tv? I have a amp with 6 speakers but I only have it on for films from dvd which is around 4-6 hours a week.
  • TITEASCRAMP
    TITEASCRAMP Posts: 1,744 Forumite
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    savemoney wrote: »
    How come you use a six speaker amp on all time when you watch tv? I have a amp with 6 speakers but I only have it on for films from dvd which is around 4-6 hours a week.

    The tv has no speakers of its own. We have 5 smaller speaker and one large centre speaker and a sub box(but I turned that off). The amp controls the sound.
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