Saving is welcomed always and everywhere, even when we are heating water for our lovely tea, washing our teeth, cooling the space we live in, when we dissolve frozen foods or we fill our cell phone.
A prerequisite for savings can be for example, high-quality insulation at home, use of appliances that are characterized by high energy class, use of energy-saving light bulbs, regular servicing and cleaning of heating or cooling systems at home, but also and a little self-discipline. Saving energy is our obligation because on that way we preserve the environment and with responsible behavior we keep resources we have been given in pledge and that often, because of ignorance, poor management and lack of interest we spend relentlessly.
Our task is to convey the awareness of rational energy expenditure in the home or any public place and to storage resources to the younger generation. And teach them to live with it.
Here are our 10 suggestions on how you can wisely spend energy at your home:
Service your air conditioner – When you turn the air conditioner, make sure that the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature should not be higher than five degrees Celsius. In order to fulfill the function air conditioner has to be serviced every year and filter has to be cleaned.
But as a rule, air conditioning and all similar devices are best to service them off-season, because then the prices are much affordable. When in the room cooling is on doors and windows must be closed. All glazed areas during the hot days it’s good to overshadow with the curtains and the different types of blinds and shutters.
Totally turn off TV – Did you know that the lighted lamp on television or any other device can spend up to 50 kWh per year. Therefore, turn off them. Indeed there is no need to waste energy and thus increases the electricity bills. A somewhat smaller, but still consumers are and chargers for mobile phones or tablets. When the device is loaded, it is best to opt out of the socket. Otherwise, turning off the appliance from the socket outlet when are not in use is a good safety habits, especially during prolonged absence from home, for example, during the holiday season.
Rational with electricity – We can save using energy-saving lamps, such as those of energy class A, avoiding turning on the lights during the day and with the maximum utilization of daylight. It is desirable the rational use of washing machines.
Keep an eye on the temperature in the refrigerator, as experts point out that the lowering of the temperature in winter to 10 degrees can save five percent of the energy. Cook with a lid to retain heat longer, avoid leaving appliances in “standby” position, and buy appliances of highest energy class.
A microwave can be a good option – Microwaves are commonly used to reheat or defrost food and it generally does not consume too much energy. However, if you need something thawed, it is better to remove frozen food earlier out of the freezer and allow thawing itself. Ovens are big energy consumers, especially those without a fan. Otherwise, for the cooking is economically feasible to use different pots for quick cooking, because while saving time and keeping the quality of foods you can save up to 70 percent energy. And that is not negligible!
Install special automatic switch – The rooms in which we live less frequently can be real energy eaters. For example, can remember how many times you have forgotten to turn off the light in the basement or garage, leave or in the attic. To eliminate the problem it is best to install a special automatic switch, which will turn off automatically after a few minutes. It is similar to the exterior lights at your exterior door, entrance or yard. Yes, they give a sense of security, but there is no need for them to be on all night. With the detectors they can be set to turn on, for example, when someone is near.
Take control on water– Do not leave the hot water running all the time while brushing your teeth or shaving. This saves water and energy source on which water is heated. Showering is cheaper than a bath so set the boiler not to leak hot water through the faucet, because then you have to mix it with the cold. Experts have calculated that the washers use less water than hand washing. Regularly clean taps of limescale and replace rubbers. Check all water valves, because even “tearing” or dripping of water can cause major damage and burden the water bill.
Insulate – In winter, heat escapes often in poorly insulated basements, attics, garages … The minimum recommended thickness of various insulation is 30 cm, and for the isolation can be used and cheap materials such as mineral wool, cardboard, nylon … Close all the holes, and for their closure you can use polyurethane foam. It is applied easily, and the job is not too demanding. It is important to know that the temperature goes even through very small holes, such as the one you drilled to connect the cable, tube or plug to the external facade.
Prevent heat loss through windows and doors – Maybe we are not aware how much heat is lost through windows and doors. Therefore, first aid are different insulation strips that can be easily set up. Particularly effective are the adhesive rubber tapes which have E profile. Below the doors and windows is a good to place a rolled-up cloth or towel and with this you can prevent an uncontrolled heat leaking. Otherwise, mostly of the heat escapes through the glass, so it is usually desirable to replace the glass with insulated glass, with multiple chambers. The savings are up to 50 percent!
Old appliances relentlessly increase bills – Although it is never a right time to buy new home appliances, they are indeed long-term payments. Old refrigerators, heaters or different furnaces are incredibly large energy consumers. When you buy a new one you should choose those which have a high energy class. The most desirable are those labeled AAA (or A ++) as the best energy-saving. When buying new appliances it is good to look for the label “Eco label”. This mark in the form of a flower indicates that the product meets the strict environmental standards and a guarantee that the chosen product is the best in its class.
Do not block radiators if you don’t want to waste energy– Regulate the temperature in the room with thermostat and install radiator thermostats as they can save up to 20 percent of energy. Heating systems should be serviced once a year, it is especially important to clean boilers of limescale and burners of impurities. The eternal dilemma whether to reduce heating at night or not, can be relieved by the fact that lowering the temperature of only one degree provides substantial energy savings. Central heating systems must be filled with water, and during the season the radiators should be periodically radiate and not obstruct them with furniture.
Extra tips for saving energy at home:
-When you exit the room be sure to disconnect the light.
-Do not hold open the refrigerator door so long. On that way without necessary
you spend energy and money.
-Turn on machines for washing dishes and clothes only when they are full.
-Do not turn on the air conditioning when is not needed or when you are in the room.
-Replace ordinary light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
-Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. Contrary to popular belief, their shutdown and restart will not cause any damage.
– Buying of products that save energy will save your money also.
– With regular cleaning of stacked ice from the refrigerator and freezer we save electricity and prolong useful duration of these appliances.
– During the day remove curtains from windows, especially those on the south side, as more energy naturally would plow into the home.