How to save energy and money in your home

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Electricity

Bring devices out of sleep mode

Here’s what happens: Any device that has a standby and/or warm-to-the-touch light consumes power. So get into the habit of turning off your appliances on the wall or unplugging them.

Most electrical devices can be turned off at the socket without changing their programming. Outlet timers also allow you to control when certain appliances turn on and off and are a good investment for certain appliances.

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Low consumption bulbs

If you still use halogen bulbs in your home, replacing them with energy-saving LED bulbs could save you $35 on your electric bill.

Take advantage of smart invoices

Many companies offer billing solutions with big discounts at night, if you program a little you can take advantage of it and a lot, for example if I have an electric water heater I can set a timer so that it does not work that at night and during the day use the accumulated hot water very easily.

Although you may not believe it, we can spend almost half with one of these bills, if we know how to take advantage of it, you can see the prices and comparisons on the electricity tariffs website of Imagina Energy.

Heating

Maintaining your boiler or air conditioning equipment

If we have a boiler or a heat and cold pump, these are responsible for a large part of the energy consumption of our house, correct maintenance and operation will allow us to save a little electricity or fuel, in the case of gas or oil operation.

If our system has radiators, remember to bleed them and check the tightness, that they are balanced and check the thermostats so that they are not too high, it will also save us a lot.

Además de llevar a cabo una revision de la caldera cada año, hay algunas formas sencillas de cuidar todo el calefacción system para asegurarse de que la caldera pueda hacer su trabajo correctlyamente, como purgar los radiators y comprobar que están equilibrados o incluso bajar el termostato a little.

Protect your home from drafts

Draft protection is a relatively inexpensive and easy task that pays for itself. Covering all gaps in doors and windows prevents all warm air from escaping to the outside and prevents cold air from outside from entering. Here are some of the less obvious ways heat escapes your home:

  • Windows and window frames
  • Doors and door frames
  • locks
  • mail boxes
  • attic hatch
  • Chimney
  • floor boards

Become the drafty detective in your home and look for holes in these places. Once you’ve located the gaps between the windows and the frames, buy some draft protection strips at your local hardware store (they’re cheap).

For the doors, you can get anti-draft foam or rubber tape. You can use soft caulking for the floorboards and insulating strips for the attic hatches. And don’t forget keyhole covers and a decent mailbox cover.

close the curtains

Knowing how to save energy at home involves making a few changes, and that change can be done without too much hassle. A set of thick curtains can do a great job of trapping heat in your home and insulating your windows from the cold outside. You can search on the Internet – or on the street – for thermal curtains.

insulate your home

If you can properly insulate your home, you’ll spend less money heating water and it will stay hot longer. It’s all good for your pocket and good for the planet.

Check and properly insulate the roof, if the house has cavity walls, properly insulate the water pipes, especially the hot water pipes so that there is no heat loss, if you have a pool of hot water, you can try to put additional heat insulation to make the hot water last longer.

lower the thermostat

Should the thermostat be set to a stifling 22, 23 or even 25°C? The thermostat should be set to the lowest possible temperature, which is usually between 18 and 21°C. Every 1°C lower than the thermostat is regulated saves several euros on the annual heating bill (according to the Energy Saving Trust).

Install a smart thermostat

Did you know you can also get a smart thermostat? Some of these smart thermostats monitor and “learn” your habits and control your heating accordingly, all automatically. You can download an app that lets you turn the central heating on and off whether you’re at home or fishing, which will help you reduce energy costs.

Water consumption

Reduce bath and shower time

Most people know that showers are more virtuous than baths when it comes to energy saving. If you replace four baths a week with five-minute showers, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you can save £20 a year.

If there is no choice but to take a bath, doing it just once a week for pampering and showering the rest of the week will have a big impact on savings and environmental impact at the over time.

Wash clothes in cold water

Washing clothes at 30 ºC uses 40% less electricity per year than washing them at 40 ºC or more. You can also use cold water directly, which will save even more.

Use the kettle to boil water for cooking

When boiling water to cook foods like pasta, using the kettle instead of heating it on the stove is faster and uses less energy.

Fill the kettle with only the amount of water you need

Hope everyone knows this trick by now, but if you want to brew a cup of tea, it’s more energy efficient to only fill the pot for the cup you need.

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