The energy consumption per head differs greatly around the world. It is known that the seven highest developed countries show the highest consumption per head. A correlation is added to the living standard, which is a strong factor in statistics (car, home appliances, air trips, public infrastructure etc.). On this site we closely refer to the individual consumption of energy, because everybody can participate in an individual manner. Main consumption is:

  • own car

  • heating (oil, gas, diesel, coal)

  • home appliances (like stove, refrigerator, TV, computer, air conditioning)

  • other electric and electronic devices

  • travel by aircraft

The first move to the honorary title „Energieverbrauchsmuffel“ is the „felt energy consumption“(FEC). In the same way you are feel the price in reference to your earnings when eating in restaurants, buying cheaper or more expensive products, we should develop a feeling for energy waste. Your body has this feeling, in case of strong effort you become breathless or you get muscle ache, in the worst case a fatigue break in a highly stressed bone.

Some cars are provided with a current petrol consumption display, but this says nothing about the meaning of the trip. If the heating is effective, the flat well insulated, the lighting efficient, you can´t see it on the bill at the end of the month or at the end of the year. And exactly at this point it is worth, developing and practicing this above mentioned „FEC“. In the first place it is good for our environment and second it is good for saving money.

At this website proposals are required, how everybody can save electricity, and how you can develop this FEC.

Example:

If we kill our standby consumption of our home appliances by switching off to zero, we can get the following benefit:

10 watt per household (is the minimum)

approx. 30 million households in Germany

makes 300million (m) watts = 300 000 KW = 300 MW.

This capacity only 10 hours per day (most of the devices work longer in standby) makes 365 days x 3000MWh = approx. 1,1m mega-watt-hours (MWh).

In Germany the cost of one KWh amounts to approx. € 0,20, this is € 200 / per MWh, and this results in a drop of 220m Euro on the energy bill.

We can count €3,00 for a switch off multiple socket and than we have for 30 m households in Germany a volume of investment of 90 m Euro, i.e. a payback period of approx. five months.

Hence everybody who buys such a multiple socket and switch-off all devices like TV, primarily computer and its surroundings, has a payback period of a few weeks. As a hard liner should buy electricity from a provider of atomic power free electricity (check the internet for provider in your country).

Concluding remarks

It is easy to blame the manufacturer. They should develop energy saving devices, we will buy than right away. That is not enough. We have to demand and and to banish the energy waster. The German industry has refused for ages to produce fuel saving cars, because we don´t require them. The Toyota Prius is a good example for the use of energy saving technologies (waiting time in the US: five months in 2006), the German car industry is hibernating in this area.

Proposals

No. 1

Installation of a multiple socket with a circuit breaker for TV, DVD-player, computer, printer, scanner etc. and consequently switching off when not in use.

An example: my socket for radio and TV with digital meter: standby 41 watts. These were 50 Euro per year.

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Fig. 1: standby on

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Fig. 2: standby off