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Anyone use a SAVAPLUG?

Post: #78014 Thurston Garden
Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:16 pm

This is the type that is supposed to match electricity demand to supply for your freezer:

http://www.greenhealthwatch.com/GOODS/energysavers/EnergySAVASavaplug.htm

Does anyone have any experience of them?

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Post: #78135 Tomr
Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:14 pm

Looks interesting.

It would also be interesting to see if it actually works by putting an energy metre on it with and without the device.

I have a new(ish) fridge freezer in the house and a old (20+ years) chest freezer in the garage. The old one draws about half the energy the new one does although i suspect that has a lot to do with the fridge part.
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Post: #78137 Stonehead
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:09 pm

Yes, we got a 25.96% reduction in energy consumption by adding a Savaplug to our refrigerator.

I added one to the freezer too, but I can't find the relevant post on the blog. I'll link to those details later.
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Post: #78138 snapdragon
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:34 pm

:shock: was that total energy Stoney? flippin 'eck I didnt know refrigerators took that much
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Post: #78164 ina
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:48 am

snapdragon wrote::shock: was that total energy Stoney? flippin 'eck I didnt know refrigerators took that much


That was off the consumption of the refrigerator as per manufacturers' claims... I think it's a good idea to get an electricity meter, so you know which appliance is actually using how much. While I was on holiday, the only thing that was on was my freezer - so now I know that that uses 3 kwh/week, when half full and not "in constant use", i.e. not being opened, replenished, emptied etc. But that's the only appliance that I know this about.
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Post: #78176 Millymollymandy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:59 am

Interesting article you wrote there Stoney. How many times (approx) do you put your kettle on per day ? I really thought that would be way higher than most of the other appliances listed, given it has a heating element and is (usually) on so many times a day.

Surprised by how much leccy our computers etc use! :pale:

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Post: #78220 snapdragon
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:18 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:...................
How many times (approx) do you put your kettle on per day ?
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while I have the open fire lit I should be using the old fashioned trivet and keeping a plain kettle on it - kettle has gone walkabout though :cry:
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Post: #78231 Stonehead
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:34 pm

snapdragon wrote::shock: was that total energy Stoney? flippin 'eck I didnt know refrigerators took that much


25 per cent of the refrigerator's consumption! :mrgreen:
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Post: #78232 Stonehead
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:36 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:Interesting article you wrote there Stoney. How many times (approx) do you put your kettle on per day ? I really thought that would be way higher than most of the other appliances listed, given it has a heating element and is (usually) on so many times a day.

Surprised by how much leccy our computers etc use! :pale:


Coffee pot on the cooker in the morning.

Kettle for tea at morning tea or lunch, not both.

Kettle for tea in late afternoon.

Kettle for tea or microwave for hot chocolate around 10pm.


That's it. Afternoon kettle is full though as that gives us boiled drinking water for the next day.
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Post: #78240 Chickenlady
Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:34 pm

I was going to get a savaplug for our fridge/freezer, then DH checked to make sure it would be compatible and there was a list of appliances that it would not work with - including our model! He looked on the net somewhere for this information but I don't know where - maybe on Savaplug's own site. Worth checking first.

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Post: #78250 Millymollymandy
Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:55 am

Stonehead wrote:
Millymollymandy wrote:Interesting article you wrote there Stoney. How many times (approx) do you put your kettle on per day ? I really thought that would be way higher than most of the other appliances listed, given it has a heating element and is (usually) on so many times a day.

Surprised by how much leccy our computers etc use! :pale:


Coffee pot on the cooker in the morning.

Kettle for tea at morning tea or lunch, not both.

Kettle for tea in late afternoon.

Kettle for tea or microwave for hot chocolate around 10pm.


That's it. Afternoon kettle is full though as that gives us boiled drinking water for the next day.


Ah. A lot less than chez moi then! Thanks.

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Post: #78335 Stonehead
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:21 am

We cut the freezer's energy consumption by 21.4 per cent. That's comparing actual figures before fitting the Savaplug, with actual figures after fitting the Savaplug.

There's a list of non-compatible fridges and freezers on the Savaplug website - mainly models with digital controls.

For us, one of the big advantages of the Savaplug is that it makes older, less efficient appliances as good as or better than new ones. That save us money, reduces energy consumption and reduces consumption of goods.


Win, win, win.
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Post: #78337 Shirley
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:48 am

That's really interesting Stoney - I think we must get one asap as our power consumption jumped when we put the freezer back on.
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Post: #78340 ina
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:21 am

Shirlz wrote:That's really interesting Stoney - I think we must get one asap as our power consumption jumped when we put the freezer back on.


And I'm sure your massive fridge/freezer would profit, too - provided it's suitable for one!

I've started saving hot water from the kettle: my kettle needs a minimum of two cups water - but being on my own, I often only make one cup of coffee. The rest goes into a flask. If I want another cuppa within a fairly short time, it's still hot enough; if it has cooled down too much, it'll go back into the kettle (with a top-up of cold) and will still save a bit of energy, as the kettle now comes to the boil quicker. A bit fiddly, I admit, but it works.
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Post: #78389 Ranter
Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:50 pm

I've got a fridge/freezer - about 3yrs old & A rated for energy consumption. Would a savaplug work on it ie cut the electricity used? The model is compatible.


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