Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

A simple gesture every day is enough to achieve considerable energy savings at home. Responsible consumption undoubtedly helps to care for the environment, while allowing us to save a large amount of money. In this guide, we show you a series of practical tips for saving energy at home.

In the kitchen:

  • Microwave consumes much less energy than the conventional oven: using this small appliance means a saving of between 60 and 70% of power, as long as it is a model with A-energy labeling.
  • Oven. If you cook with an oven, avoid opening it while it is on, as the temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees forcing the oven to use more energy. 
  • In the gas or vitro ceramic cooker, make the most of the heat by ensuring that the containers are a little larger than the cooking areas used so as not to waste heat.
  • In the washing machine, program short washing cycles and use cold or lukewarm water. The effectiveness of today's detergents is sufficient.
  • Dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand with hot water is 40% more than using a dishwasher. If you need a new one, bi-thermal.
  • Refrigerator. The refrigerator uses the most energy in the kitchen. Specifically, 19% of the electricity bill comes from its use. Suitably place the refrigerator, avoiding places where the sun is very sunny, defrost it periodically to prevent the formation of ice layers that hinder its operation, and maintain the thermostat temperature at 5 degrees for refrigeration and -18 for freezing.

In the bathroom:

Bathroom Tips
  • Boilers. The hot water boiler is the second largest consumer of household energy: 26% of total consumption. Electric heat pumps are the most efficient option.
  • Water, better cold. Use cold water whenever you can and rationalize water consumption. Don't leave taps open unnecessarily (for example, when shaving or brushing your teeth).
  • Showers. Shower instead of bathing, you will save a lot of water and energy (a shower consumes four times less water and energy than a bath). There are in the market heads and flow reducers to place in taps, which help us spend half of water and energy. 
  • Prevents leaks and leaks from taps. The simple dripping of the faucet of the washbasin means a loss of 100 liters of water per month.

Lighting:

  • Take advantage of natural light whenever possible.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-saving lamps.
  • If you have children or leave lights on frequently, it may be a good idea to install a presence detection system.
  • Place fluorescent tubes in those rooms where you need more light, and it is on for many hours, for example, in the kitchen.

Insulation

The buildings in which we live and work require a lot of energy to warm up in winter and be cool in summer. Their thermal insulation is essential for energy efficiency. Double glazing systems reduce heat loss by almost half compared to single glazing. Small improvements in insulation can lead to energy and economic savings of up to 30% in heating and/or air conditioning.

Door and window insulation can account for 10% to 25% of your energy bill for home heating or air conditioning.  To plug the gaps and reduce air infiltration from doors and windows, you can use simple and inexpensive means such as silicone, putty or weather seal. Properly insulate the drums of the blinds.  Use adhesive sheets of transparent plastic material to stick them to frames and glazing.

Heating

Proper insulation in the home will help us make the most of heating on the coldest days, as well as a good system that is efficient and rationalizes consumption, such as thermal emitters or radiators.

Warm on a cold night

Do not cover the radiators and bear in mind that for every degree that we increase the temperature, energy consumption increases by approximately 7%.

One of the most efficient heating systems is underfloor heating.

Air conditioning

If you use air conditioning, set the refrigeration temperature to 25 degrees.

Don't abuse the air, it's not good for your health and for every degree below 25, you'll be consuming about 8% more energy. With the installation of adequate awnings and glazing and proper insulation of walls and ceilings, energy savings in the use of air conditioning of more than 30% can be achieved.

If you want to save even more money on your electricity bill, replace the air conditioning with a ceiling fan and you will achieve an energy saving of 98%. Split types of systems produce higher yields, as do wall-mounted equipment and reversible systems, which provide both cold and heat.

Electrical appliances

When you're done using electronic devices, such as stereos, computers, or televisions, turn them off completely. The use of an anti standby power strip can help us to turn off peripherals and any other electrical device at once, and thus prevent them from being switched on at night, saving us more than 40 euros per year. 

As for the computer, the screen is the part that consumes the most energy (the flat ones consume less than the conventional ones). Leaving them on is like using a 75-watt lamp. The computer's resting state absorbs energy up to 15% of average consumption. LCD screens save 37% of the power in operation and 40% in standby mode.

These practical tips are a simple gesture from all family members. If we get used to consuming and acting responsibly at home, we will save a lot of money while having comfort with less energy consumption throughout the year.

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Responsible consumption undoubtedly helps to care for the environment, while allowing us to save a large amount of money.
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