In the context of cutting emissions for the sake of the climate, the reminders that small gestures count seem painfully patronising. It's even more infuriating when some of the loudest evangelists for energy sobriety are also some of the biggest polluters.
But behind the greenwashing, there is no doubt that individual action can have a major impact on household energy bills (although it will take much more than money-minded consumers to save the world from climate change).
With bills shooting up at an alarming rate, we are forced to consider the power of doing without. Yet our energy consumption normally understood by a monthly bill, it can be difficult to quantify the cost represented by the single use of an appliance. And with domestic comfort for years taking precedence over energy cost, how should we decide which mod cons to stick with and which to switch off?
Looking at energy costs in Brussels and working with the average consumption of some of the most popular household appliances, we've crunched the numbers to better understand the real price of modern convenience. Some of the results will confirm suspicions whilst others might surprise.
It should be noted that the figures are only approximate and will certainly fluctuate. Yet with many firing up their heating as the cooler weather returns and fixed rate contracts all but extinct, it might be instructive to think of the impact of individual appliances.
What will you unplug first? Let @Orlando_tbt know.
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