Join in and save energy
Did you know that household energy consumption accounts for almost one-third of global energy consumption? In many households, energy is the main outgoing and consumption has increased significantly this year. Who doesn’t want to reduce their consumption, save on their energy bills and help make the planet a better place at the same time?
Let us inspire you to do so with our tips. Take note!
1. Light the way to savings
Not only do LEDs represent savings in lighting, but they are a very important first step. They consume up to 85% less energy and can last up to 20 years.
The second step would be to plan the lighting points in your home to make the most of natural light and not have to use artificial light.
And if we want to become masters at saving energy, we can use dimmable lamps or smart lighting solutions so that the devices are connected to a single remote control or to dimmers, meaning that we can control the light intensity at any time depending on what we are doing.
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2. Reduce residual consumption
Energy wastage is often the result of a lack of understanding, old devices or even just laziness. We need to understand how much energy we are using and where; and we need to be aware of the products and actions that will help us improve our consumption.
The increasing amount of technology in our homes means that the amount of energy required to meet the demand that they create has grown by 20%. One of the main causes of this demand are so-called “phantom loads”. Phantom loads make up 6.6% of consumption and are caused by the devices that we leaved plugged in and which continue to use energy despite not being in use.
A simple extension lead with several plugs allows us to disconnect a number of devices at once at the flick of a switch.
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3. Improve your home’s insulation
Curtains and rugs aren’t just decorative — they also play a key role in keeping your home warm.
They trap the heat in each room, preventing it from escaping through the windows and floors, plus who doesn’t like waking up in the morning and sinking their feet into a nice warm rug?
Thick curtain fabrics and blackout blinds are the key to an elegant window that is completely insulated from the outside world.
Cushions and blankets also create a warm atmosphere and absorb some of the room’s heat, helping to keep it warm. Have fun matching materials like velvet or wool and while getting your decor ready for the changing seasons.
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4. Cooks, fire up the stove!
We all know about using both shelves of the oven to make various meals when we switch it on, but did you know that you should choose a hob the same size as your pan to stop heat from escaping? Or that placing a lid on your pan will reduce cooking time?
Simple tricks like these will cut your bill and save you time — what more could you ask for?
- Use the pressure cooker when possible. The pressure will halve the cooking time.
- Only boil the amount of water you need as it takes a lot of energy to bring water to the boil. Covering it will help it boil more quickly.
- Set aside one day a week to cook your meals for the next week and save time as well as energy! Using glass containers in the fridge makes food last longer, as well as making it easier to find — reducing the time the fridge is open and, as a result, reducing wasted energy.
More ways to save energy in your kitchen
5. More efficient appliances
Did you know that 62% of your home’s energy consumption comes from appliances? This is why it is very important to read the energy labels when buying a new appliance: choosing one from the most efficient range will have a dramatic impact on our bills and consumption.
In addition to this, there are many small changes you can make to further improve energy efficiency:
- Fridge: use a low temperature in winter and a medium temperature in summer, let cooked food cool down a little before you store it — this will prevent your fridge from working harder to cool the food. Keep your fridge full and open it as little as possible so that the cold inside doesn’t escape.
- Oven: in general, there’s no need to preheat the oven. You can alsoswitch the oven off when your food is a few minutes away from being done, by doing so you can finish cooking the dish using the residual heat in the oven. Avoid opening the oven unnecessarily — 20% of the heat inside can be lost each time you open it.
- Dishwasher: set it to run when it is completely full (a full load consumes less than two half loads), use eco cycles and avoid using the hot air dryer setting — it is an unnecessary waste of energy and money. The natural air circulation when you open the door after the wash has finished dries your dishes quickly and uses 45% less energy.
- Water heater: use a tap that starts off cold, which prevents hot water flowing out and saves you energy. When you lift the tap straight up only cold water comes out. This function prevents the tap from turning fully to the right, thus preventing the boiler from being triggered by mistake.
We hope we have inspired you to join in and save energy, to help create a cleaner planet for all!
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