How can we shift and reduce our electricity demand?

Can we do this as a community?

Householders in the Solar Streets area are reviewing their electricity demand, considering what activities that use electricity could be done outside of peak times and attempting to shift and potentially reduce demand over a period of time. This will be an ongoing conversation on what we can do individually and collective, what best motivates us to do this, what the barriers are and how we can overcome them.

  • To find out about the energy used by common home electrical appliances see our information sheet Electricity Demand of Typical Home Appliances Appliance-Electricity-Demand.pdf
  • To enable us to understand some of the issues around energy behaviour complete our short survey.

Tips from Solar Streets residents

We asked residents in the Solar Streets area to suggest tips for shifting and reducing electricity use in the home. This is what they came up with:

  1. Install energy efficiency bulbs, especially the replacement of halogen.
  2. Check energy efficiency ratings on new appliances.
  3. Insulate to avoid heat loss, especially for those with electric heaters.
  4. Buy a kettle with ‘a window’ so you only heat the amount of water you need.
  5. Use drying racks rather than tumbler dryers where possible – either outside or inside (as long as you take steps to avoid condensation).
  6. Use mechanical timers that automatically turn some items off at pre-set times.
  7. Use a thermos flask to store boiling water.
  8. Consider how often you need to shower per week, especially as it dries out your skin and uses up water.
  9. If you have a delay time on your washing machines you can load it in the evening and set it to finish early morning so you can hang up the clothes to dry during the day.
  10. Make sure your washing machine is well loaded before using it.
  11. Make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded and consider whether or not you need to use it every day.
  12. Many dishwashers have delay timers, so they can run overnight to provide clean dry dishes in time for breakfast!

If you have any more suggestions you would like to add please email [email protected]

Further resources

Home Energy Solutions – Cut Costs, Cut Cold, Cut Carbon (BWCE, September 2019) Home-Energy-Solutions.pdf

Smart Homes to cut electricity bills
According to the One Home website a standard household will have 40 electrical appliances, watch television for five hours a day and boil the kettle over 1,500 times a year!  Here are some tips to help you reduce electricity demand.

How much electricity am I using?
According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) if you want to save electricity and money it helps to focus on ‘what uses watt’? This is a useful page to consult when buying and using electrical appliances.

Welcome to the energy saving tip-house
CSE has provided 16 energy saving tips for every household

CSE advice leaflets
Free information sheets on domestic energy.