The UK (and to a hopefully lesser degree, Europe) is currently in an energy crisis.
Annual bills have jumped from averages of £1200 a year up to £3000 for the same usage patterns (latest figures available based on what the next price cap calculation will be in October).
I can’t afford this long term (no pay rise since 2019, recent divorce with a daughter to support, not long moved into a new house so very little savings to fall back on) and assume many others are in a similar position.
So I was wondering if people could share suggestions on energy saving automations/ideas.
Obvious ones like auto lights stand out, but when it’s controlling a LED bulb it may not be that useful (but every little helps!).
Zoned heating using either zigbee thermostatic radiator valves, or, I plan to use thermostatic actuators (mains powered, 2w while in use) to save on batteries (and cheaper than TRVs) could apparently save around 20% on your annual bills.
I had considered a temperature sensor in the fridge/freezer and turning off the fridge overnight - however I am concerned that the compressor wouldn’t like this over time and could cause premature failure.
Turning off associated peripherals when computers/TVs are turned off.
I’m trying to work out a way to gracefully shut down my unraid box overnight (I mainly use it for media serving, if I’m asleep I don’t need that).
I’d love solar, but it would only be a relatively small east/west split so wouldn’t help too much, and in my area there’s a waiting list until October to get installs so would be into winter by then and onto the next price cap rise - not to mention it would wipe out my savings so Is a bit gamble.
These may all seem obvious but I didn’t do any of these previously, so hopefully should see a noticeable cut in usage.
if anyone else has suggestions, post away. I hope to take away some other ideas as well as hope my ones help others out.
(I put this here and not share your projects as it’s more of a chat, hope that’s OK)