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The Effect of Behavioural Science on the Average Persons Electricity Bill

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Here are 3 simple behavioral changes you should definitely try to implement into your life to reduce your ecological footprint.
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Today with technology being used more than ever, electricity providers are being incentivised to burn more coal, gas and oil in order to keep up with the demand, in turn causing CO2 emissions to skyrocket. 

According to Energy software entrepreneur “Alex Laskey”, 

a very large amount of energy could be conserved through behavioural sciences.

What is behavioural science?

It is the scientific study of human and animal behaviour.  

Psychology, psychobiology, anthropology, and cognitive science all fall under the wing of behavioural science.

By the average person making a few behavioural changes a lot of energy would be saved without inconveniencing anyone.

Here are 3 simple behavioural changes you should definitely try to implement into your life to reduce your ecological footprint.

1 – Curtailment

Repetitive efforts like switching off lights and fans when they do not need to be on. 

– Ok, this seems pretty easy but really stop and think about it for a second. Say you’re at home watching tv or using your laptop. The fan or ac is on and then you get a call. You have to go somewhere but only for 30 minutes to an hour.  Would you turn off your fan and laptop before heading out? As well as turn of all lights that may be on?

The honest answer is that most people, through no fault of their own, would not bother making sure everything was off. Not because they want to leave all their appliances on and raise their monthly electricity bill but because it just doesn’t occur to them. We have all grown up with electricity and we do not fully appreciate just how awesome it is! Almost everything we use from laptops and TVs to the geysers that heat up our water all run on electricity!

So from now on really try and make sure you are using only the electricity you need.

2 – Maintenance

Make sure your appliances and equipment are in good running condition.

For example, if your oven is not cleaned properly and its walls are dirty, you would be surprised at how much longer it would take to heat up. This would, in turn, make the amount of energy needed to run it a lot higher. In short, make sure all the appliances you use are clean well maintained.

3 – Buying More Efficiently

Try to purchase energy-efficient products that are capable of running on very little. Save time, save money and save the World!

Let’s say you purchase a new washing machine and you have two available options.

One that runs on less energy was made with higher standards and will last a very long time.

The other washing machine consumes a high amount of energy and is made of lower quality than the first one… but it is half the price… studies show that 40-60% would buy the second one not wanting to spend the extra money, while not realizing that they will pay it several times over in the long run due to the little oomph it will add to the electricity bill every month and the fact that after several years it will begin needing repairs on a semi-regular basis.

So those are the three most important behavioural changes you could make to ensure you are definitely using the least amount of energy you need to be. What’s more, incorporating these changes into your life will result in a 5-20% cut on your annual electricity bill. That’s a lot!

We hope you share this knowledge as the more people that know about it the better. 

If you are interested in learning about clean energy, sustainability & green development check out our site where you can find and register for multiple workshops all focused on striving to a better world.

AGP Team

AGP Team

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