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Four energy sucking monsters to slay this Halloween

By James Fritz Thursday 24 October 2013

Halloween

At Halloween you can never be too careful.

Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood. And things that go bump in the night start going bump in the daytime just to confuse you.

Just to be sure, here at OVO we’ve stocked up on wooden stakes, stockpiled several vats of holy water and have just put in a massive order for silver bullets. Since we know that nothing is scarier than a shockingly large energy bill, we’re here to help rid your home of power wasting demons. Forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer: we're OVO the Energy Savers.

So when there’s something strange on your energy bill....

Who you gonna call?

Ghosts

Did you feel that? That chill down your spine. That cold breath on the back of your neck?

Could it be that your house was built on the plot of an ancient indian burial ground? Was that the shadow of the jilted old lady who lived here a hundred years ago, back and hellbent on revenge?

Perhaps it's time to call your friendly neighborhood exorcist?

Or, you could, you know, simply check your house for draughts. A draughty house is, if anything, actually a bit worse than a ghost. After all, being haunted doesn't cost you any money.

Draught proofing your floors, doors and windows is a relatively inexpensive and easy job, and can save you an average £55 a year in terms of lost heat. It also makes your house a more comfortable place when the weather gets cold, potentially saving you even more money when you turn down that thermostat.

You’d be mad not tooooooo.

Zombies

Don’t be alarmed, but there's a secret zombie army in everyone's home. Neither dead nor alive, but forever stuck in limbo, their soulless red eyes watching you, mockingly, menacingly.

Yes, leaving your living room appliances on standby (see what we did there?) is an unnecessary waste of money and power.

But lower your cricket bat, put aside your lead pipe - these living dead are easier to neutralise than those from the movies. Instead of 'removing the head or destroying the brain' you simply, you know, turn them off at the mains.

And if you can't trust yourself to be that diligent, call for reinforcements. An intelligent mains controller will take down any standby villains Van Helsing-style, remotely turning off appliances when you're done with them.

Frankenstein's Monster

Boiler

It's aliiive! It's aliiive! And it's really expensiiiiive!

If your old boiler has got one foot in the grave, it’s not always in your best interests to follow the example of the good Dr F and do everything you can to resuscitate it. Boilers account for around 55% of what we spend a year on our energy bills, so it makes no sense to keep around a clunking, clanking monster made up spare parts and sticky tape when you could swap it out for a new high-efficiency non-scary condensing boiler. Doing this could drastically cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions, and could save you as much as £310 a year.

Don’t listen to the Igor on your shoulder. Buy a new boiler, and let the old one die.

Vampires

Halloween

They are creatures of the night. And the day. Creatures of any time really, sucking life-force to fuel their activities. Yes, every house is filled with a coven of appliances that use more power than they need to.

Which means that it’s time to go garlic shopping, channel your inner Buffy and rid your house of energy-sucking vampires.  You could make a killing.

Switching all your light bulbs for energy saving ones could save you as much £55 per year, it costs £7 a year less to run an energy saving dishwasher while installing an energy saving fridge freezer will cut £89 in energy bills and 390 kg of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the product. Even an energy saving kettle uses 20% less power.

Take it from us. If you continue to let your appliances be an unnecessary drain you’ll soon be saying fangs for nothing (really sorry...).

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