Step 6 – Switch off and save
In small businesses and households, standby power can account for up to 10% of the electricity bill.
To cut this cost, the solution is simple. At the end of the day, most appliances can be turned off at the power point. Rather than reaching down behind every piece of equipment, you can turn things off with smartphone apps, remote-controlled power boards and switches. It can also be done with professionally installed isolation switches.
The first step is to create a ‘switch-off list’ of all appliances that can be turned off at the end of the day. This section will tell you how to automate some of these processes.
You’d be surprised at what can be turned off automatically. For example, newsagents and retailers with drinks fridges now use plug timers to turn them off overnight. To keep the drinks cold, the fridge is automatically turned back on before the shop opens. What is your equivalent to that example?
This step will show you how ‘switching off’ can save you money.