Power outages are slated for next winter, according to a worrying warning from EirGrid.
There won’t be enough electricity to keep the lights on during the colder months for the next five years, the Utilities Regulatory Commission has warned.
A series of emergency measures have been put in place by EirGrid, CRU and the Department of the Environment to address the predicted energy shortage.
Back-up generators will be put in place to help with energy production, old generators that were to be retired will be kept, and energy-consuming companies will be rewarded for their energy efficiency.
So now is the perfect time to find out which household items use the most energy.
The general rule is that items that heat up use more energy. Kettles, dryers and dishwashers would all fall into this category.
But there are exceptions to this rule, like the refrigerator, so here are the items that use the most energy in your home.
As winter approaches, the days of hanging clothes outside are drawing to a close, so the dryer will see a lot more action in the weeks and months to come.
Electricity consumption depends on the energy rating of the dryer and it is recommended that households purchase a new dryer every 10 years to keep costs down.
Try not to fill a dryer completely as it will take a lot longer to dry than filling it halfway. Also, be sure to clean the filter before using it, as this adds a lot of time and money to drying clothes.
The more you fill your kettle, the longer it will take to boil and therefore consume more electricity. If you only think about a cup of tea, don’t even half-fill it.
Washing machines are notoriously energy-intensive as it takes a long time to wash a single load.
There are ways to reduce power consumption, such as washing an entire load at a cool temperature. The overwhelming majority of a washing machine’s energy consumption comes from heating the water.
One of the only major household appliances to run 24/7, so it will of course be one of the biggest energy consumers in every household.
Again, there are a few tips on how to cut costs and they are easy to do. Tips include defrosting the freezer regularly, don’t leave the refrigerator door open when grabbing food, and like the dryer, upgrade the refrigerator if it gets old.
The electric shower tends to be the biggest consumer of energy in the home, costing on average more than 120 € of electricity per year.
Tips for cutting costs include turning it off while you apply the shower gel / shampoo and using a cooler setting during the warmer months.
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