Energy Saving Tips during Christmas
‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE jolly – and also, apparently, to be energy-guzzling waste mongers.
U.S. holiday lights use up more electricity than some countries do in an entire year. New gadgetry, lights everywhere, roasting food for hours: Christmas is hardly a time associated with energy efficiency.
Staying in, hosting and switching on, well, everything means that the average household can see their gas and electricity bill increase during December. A 2008 study for the U.S. Department of Energy found festive holiday lights consume 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year.
Compare that with the electricity consumption of developing countries: El Salvador uses 5.35 billion kilowatt hours, while Ethiopia consumes 5.30 billion and Tanzania 4.81 billion, according to a latest data poll.
What’s more, that large amount of energy the U.S. uses on holiday lights? It only represents 0.2 percent of the country’s yearly consumption.
It’s worth checking your over-consumption at this time of year – but when you really must buy, why not factor in a little energy efficiency?
A quick look at the energy performance of some of the most popular connected technologies out there highlights the energy impact of our thirst for gadgetry and electronic entertainment.
Games consoles, for example, are becoming ever more feature-packed and energy hungry, to the point that even after adding new power-saving features, the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One still consume up to three times more electricity than their predecessors.
Standby power consumption is a big issue for a host of home entertainment options. While Ecodesign legislation means TVs have to draw less than 1W in standby mode, this is based on the default (often called ‘eco’) standby setting. If you opt for ‘quick start’ mode instead, this consumption could increase to 15W or higher.
Wireless soundbars are becoming the new norm in home sound systems, and will no doubt feature on many a Christmas list. Yet while standby power consumption is regulated, in-use consumption is not – and this can vary considerably.