I've bought myself the house an energy saving monitor, so that we can all see and hopefully cut down on the electricity we're using. The last bill was truly horrific. I lied when I said I bought it for the house, really I bought it for me. I've wanted one for ages; I think they're fascinating, and I love the idea of being able to say "Just by switching off that monitor or lightbulb or dishwasher we're saving tons of money", and also so that I could sit smugly reading a book and point out that I was only using enough energy for a lightbulb (and an eco-bulb at that). It looks like this, except mine currently says £0.04 per hour. That's because Mouse has gone to bed, and the electronic playroom is switched off.
I fully intend to see just how low we can get the reading once everything is switched off at night – obviously not including the things that run all the time, like the freezers and the central heating clock and the alarms. It'll be an interesting challenge.
I am however currently running my laptop on battery power, and it will need to be recharged at some point – and my book is an ebook, and also needs recharging. I wonder how much my multicharger costs to run?