It is not always easy to detect an electrical leakage. Many of us only realize it when we receive our year-end bill … and then it comes as a shock. To avoid this mishap, here are our 5 tips for detecting a loss of electricity.
A loss of electricity can come from your energy-intensive appliances. Did you know, for instance, that your plasma screen TV consumes on average twice as much as your dishwasher? It is important to identify your most energy-intensive appliances so that you can change how you use them. Let’s find out which they are.
By itself, heating represents on average 50% of our energy expenditure. A house heated exclusively with electricity will have a consumption in the order of 15,000 kWh per year (in other words, around €3,500/year). Similarly, an electric water heater is also energy-intensive as it exceeds 2,500 kWh/year for an average family, which is around €575/year or 15% of our energy bill.
Household appliances represent just under 30% of our energy bills. Which are the most energy-intensive? The tumble dryer, fridge, TV, washing machine, set-top box and iron!
It’s best to turn off your smartphone and laptop when they are fully charged. Similarly, turn off any unused appliances. They consume energy even in standby mode!
Install power strips so that you can easily switch off all of your appliances in standby mode.
You now know that your water heater and your tumble dryer are particularly energy-intensive appliances. Alongside these, other less obvious factors can also pose problems for your bill. Here are some examples of some underestimated suspects which could nevertheless be the source of your electrical leakages:
We advise you to take regular meter readings. In this way, you will be able to compare your consumption from month to month or from year to year. If you notice an increase in consumption at a specific time, you will be able to understand your excess energy consumption more clearly and you may be able to identify the source of the electricity loss.
A consumption meter sits between an electrical socket and the appliances that are connected to it. It indicates precisely how much these appliances consume (in kWh or in euro). This means you will be able to manage your use of these appliances more effectively by knowing their exact consumption, whether they are functioning or in standby mode.
Record this data on an annual or monthly basis. You will then have a clear idea of the savings you could make.
A smart plug gives you better control over your consumption. It lets you manage your lighting remotely, schedule specific times when the power to these devices is switched on and off, etc.
If, despite all these tips, your energy bill remains abnormally high, this means the problem is due not to a loss of electricity but to a contract that is too expensive. You should therefore review your energy contract as a matter of priority. It could be that you have a dormant contract, which is much more expensive than the market average! To avoid this situation, you should consider comparing your rates regularly (ideally once a year).