Watt is a Kilowatt?
For many of us not technically inclined , the mere mention of the Kilowatt hour or kWh, sends shivers down our spines..What is this thing?How does it work and why does it cost so much?
Take a deep breath….Good.
And another one…ok.
The kilowatt hour is a conglomeration of two words, the kilowatt and the hour.
See, that’e better already.
A kilowatt is also composed of two words – “kilo” and “watt”.
Most of you know what a “kilo” is , its a measure of 1000 , as in a kilogram- which is one thousand grams.
So, a kilowatt is 1000 Watts.
What is a watt?
A watt is simple the electrical measure of power. How much power an appliance uses in an hour is determined by the number of watts it is rated at.
So an appliance rated at 100 watts uses 100 watts of power per hour that it is running.
In terms of the kilowatt hour , this means that an appliance rated at 100 watts will have to run for 10 hours to use a Kilowatt hour.
The kilowatt hour is one unit of electricity that you get billed for.
So, then next time you look at your utilities bill, see how many kWh you are being billed for…and that will tell you how many watts you have used in that month.
The Kilowatt vampires in your home.
On average , the South African household uses most of these appliances and what they use could open your eyes a little on how to save a bit more electricity.
The first step in saving electricity is to understand how electricity is used in your home. South African households, on average, use electricity in the following ways:
- Space heating and cooling: 18%
- Lighting: 17%
- Fridges and freezers: 8%
- Cooking: 11%
- Consumer electronics: 5%
- Geysers: 40%
- Miscellaneous: 2%
One of the biggest ‘vampires’ you have in your home is the evil,vicious ‘standby’ mode. Oh yes, don’t let that smiling little LED light fool you..Consumer electronics on standby mode can use around 15% of your electricity.
So, what can you do to chase these vampires away?
For starters, garlic won’t help you here…first thing is , be aware of this and later tonight , just take a look around your house and see how many of those little ‘standy’ lights are smiling at you in the dark!
Think about the fact that possibly around 15% of the money you pay away every month pays for those little pretty LED’s to smile at you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If your electricity bill is R1000-00 per month , R150 of that keeps those little suckers alive…R1800-00 per year!
The good news is that you won’t need silver bullets,wooden crosses or a famous vampire hunter to stop them.
Just a little physical energy in your finger at the plug and “click”, they’re gone.
Now, many people may say,”but then I have to re-programme my TV..cos if I switch off the power, I lose all my programmes…”
Is that true?
Having had a few power failures recently, I found that I didn’t lose any of my TV settings at all!
So, you can take that little extra time and pay for almost 3 months of DSTV, or you can let those little vampires rule your world!
It’s your choice…
Try this as an exercise…take a piece of paper and write a little “1” for every LED standby light you see in your home…add those up and then decide which ones I really need on and which ones I can switch off…
Every little bit helps, especially when it comes to paying the bills.