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Thursday, December 01, 2022

# Technology and bills, so you can count how much you’re spending: Here’s how to save

Are you trying to reduce your consumption but bill costs remain constant at the end of the month? Discover how to calculate the actual consumption of your appliances with the help of this formula.

In this period, with the rise in energy prices, Italians are becoming more and more interested in their consumption. Many try not to abuse the equipment in order to save money. But do we really know how much our devices consume when we use them?

If you want to save and reduce your electricity bill, it is recommended that you know how much electricity your home consumes and how many kilowatt-hours a refrigerator, washing machine or water heater consumes. , to understand whether you need to replace equipment. Or just your consumption habits.

Knowing your electricity consumption estimate is useful to better understand how much you spend on electricity bill, if there are errors in case of a doubtful bill and potential savings.

## How do you calculate your consumption?

Depreciation mainly varies on the basis of certain items: the number of people home Living Number and type of equipment. Gift.

Consumption also varies according to the habits of the residents, if we spend too much time at home we will consume more than those working and always away from home.

The type of electrical equipment is important because, for example, new generation A+ energy class refrigerators can consume much less than they were 10 years ago. Air conditioners and electric heaters are two appliances that normally consume a lot and so this can be one item that makes a difference in the household bill.

Each device has a nameplate indicating the power that can be expressed in W or kW, which corresponds to thousands of W (1000 W). It is a measurement of energy that should not be confused with the kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is the unit of measurement of energy consumed.

Received consumption from which device Multiply the wattage by the hours it runs, For example, suppose a 70W fan has been running at full speed for 8 hours. To know how much power you will consume, the calculation is simple:

• 70 watts x 8 hours = 560 watts (0.56 kWh)

but the problem is Device does not always work at full power, which is indicated on the label. During operation, the instantaneous power absorbed by the fan varies according to the speed set.

Washing machines and dishwashers absorb a lot of energy at the beginning of the wash cycle, especially to heat the water, while the maximum speed requires less energy. The refrigerator motor, on the other hand, does not run continuously, but turns on and off based on the sensor that measures the internal temperature.

If we want to accurately measure the consumption of a single appliance, there are devices available in the market that must be inserted between the appliance socket and the wall socket. These Electric meters determine the current flow. Hence the power consumption. The latest models also have a practical display that indicates power and consumption, and are available in the market at affordable prices (10-20 euros).

## family consumption

There electricity cost for a family It mainly depends on your consumption. For the above reasons, the exact calculation of the kilowatt-hours actually consumed is difficult and can only be obtained using a special meter.

The electronic meter measures a home’s kilowatt-hours from its installation, remember that if you want to know the consumption, you need to calculate the difference between two readings over a given period of time.

With the increase in the number of family members, Consumption is increasing but not proportionately Because of the so-called economies of scale.

A family consisting of two components:

• Television
• Washing Machine and Dishwasher
• fridge
• computer
• freezer
• Consumption 1,660 kWh/year
• Electricity bill €275/year
• Average cost €0.165/kWh

Family of 3/4 members:

• 2 television
• Washing Machine and Dishwasher
• fridge
• 2 computers
• freezer
• 2 air conditioners
• Consumption 3300 kWh/year
• Electricity bill 695 euro/year
• Average cost €0.21/kWh

A family of 6 components:

• 3 television
• Washing Machine and Dishwasher
• fridge
• 3 computers
• freezer
• 3 conditioner
• Drier
• Consumption 4,800 kWh/year
• The cost of the electricity bill is 1415 euros per year

Average cost 0.295 Euro/kWh

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