We know that electricity is vital for home life. Very often, though, we use it without even thinking about it, as though it came in limitless supply. Here at IKEA we would like to propose another way of using it, so as both to make savings on your electricity bills and to help preserve the planet. With this in mind, you will find in this space some simple practical advice to make your home one of the most energy-efficient places in the planet.
Learn how to make savings in the kitchen
It’s easy to save money and energy in the home if you want to. All you have to do is use high energy-efficiency electrical appliances and adopt new habits of sustainable consumption.
Start by changing your fridge or freezer for a new low-energy-consumption model. A new fridge that has been “A++ rated” in Europe uses 40% less energy than an A-class or B-class fridge.
Induction hobs also help us to be more energy-efficient, since they use a technology based on magnetic fields that only heats the cooking pan, without heating either the induction plate or the surrounding air. In this way practically no heat is wasted.
Did you know that two litres of water can be brought to the boil in just five minutes on an induction hob, while it takes as much as double that time on a glass-ceramic hob?
But not everything depends on our electrical appliances: we ourselves have a lot to contribute. Use a dishwasher instead of washing the dishes by hand, turn the tap off when you’re not using it (all IKEA taps save up to 40% in water!) — and use leftovers from your meals to make new dishes. By following this advice, you will not only be able to save money on your bills, but you will also be helping to look after the environment by reasonable use of water and electricity.
Reduce your electricity bill through your type of lighting
Another way of making savings in the home and of helping to preserve the planet is through your type of lighting. Here at IKEA we have been promoting sustainable lighting for years, which is why we have LED bulbs for every need. Start by changing all the traditional light bulbs in your home for LED bulbs!
If you haven’t already done so, you should know that these are better than traditional incandescent bulbs for a wide range of reasons, including the following:
• They consume less energy: they save up to 85% electricity and reduce your electricity bill.
• They offer better-quality lighting.
• They are more respectful of the environment because they use less electricity, thus avoiding making electric power-stations generate more carbon dioxide, among other things.
• They last up to 20 years.
• They are so tiny that they can be built into almost anywhere, creating loads of new design possibilities.
• LED bulbs transform about 90% of their energy into light, while a traditional bulb will do so with only 10% or 15%, and the rest is wasted.
Use less energy thanks to your use of textiles
There are many simple ways of saving energy in the home, and of doing your bit to preserve the environment. One of these is through your use of textiles. Did you know that in many homes heat escapes through the floor? The best solution to prevent this is to lay down a carpet: these are cheap and easy to fit, and help us to make savings in heating costs.
You can also save energy and regulate indoor temperatures by using textiles to insulate your window and door openings. Curtains block the entry of heat in summer and enable us to put on the air conditioning for less time. When the winter comes, they help to keep the heat in, thus making savings in heating costs. It’s all quite simple, really, don’t you think?