We all love a bit of Netflix streaming but with more devices than ever, it’s important to keep track of our energy usage both when we’re using them and when we’re not. Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Trade the telly for talking
We know it’s easier said than done, especially when there is Game of Thrones episodes to binge on, but we suggest trying to have at least one TV and device-free dinner time a week. Use it as a time to unwind, catch up with family or friends or even read a book. By unplugging from the world for a while you’ll lower the power usage in your home and you might just enjoy it.
2. Switch it off, not just standby
Try and remember to switch your tv, consoles or sound systems off at the wall after using and we don’t just mean letting it go to standby. While standby might use less electricity than when your device is on, it’s still connected to the power which means it still costs you money. Your standby devices could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year for something you aren’t even watching, playing or enjoying. Always forget? A smart plug can help you manage that from your phone, even if you’re not in the house.
3. Try a podcast or music instead
Do you play a show while you clean the house or do some odd jobs but then when you get cracking you end up not paying attention to the TV anyway? If that sounds familiar then why not try using a podcast or music for some background noise to keep you company while you work instead – you’ll probably be using your phone and they use a lot less power in your home.
4. Have some good old fashion fun
Want some fun ways to socialise that don’t include a movie or TV show? Why not set up a weekly or monthly board game night – invite friends and family over and get back to the good old days. It’s a fun way to connect and socialise and you might just find that competitive spirit rushing back the moment someone whips out the monopoly board.
5. Choose the right TV and sound system
Tech is always changing and there are many different entertainment devices to choose from based on your room and situation so it’s best to do your research and look at the ratings for the most energy-efficient TV, sound system or console on the market.
6. Don’t get charged for your charger
Did you know that chargers still use electricity if they are plugged in, even if your charger is fully charged? While research seems to indicate it’s not a lot each year, most of us have more than one charger hanging around and plugged in at once. Combine that with computers, laptops, TVs, speakers and you’ve probably got a whole lot more energy use than you think.