Saving energy at home is not a pipe dream. In fact, to reduce the amount of our electricity bills we only have to put into practice some basic measures that help us save without sacrificing comfort.
Still, it is important to clarify that there are no ” miracle formulas for your appliances to consume less energy.” The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) affects this point and the need to change or optimize our heating system and adopt new habits if we want to spend less energy at home; as well as having the energy certificate in the home.
Regarding household appliances, the slogan of the OCU and the manufacturers is also very clear: you have to opt for those with energy classification A, A +, A ++ or A +++. These electrical appliances, considered highly efficient, consume much less energy and are more sustainable. And although buying them involves a greater financial outlay, in the long term the savings are indisputable.
In the case of radiators, stoves, boilers, heaters and electric water heaters, knowing this classification, available and mandatory through the Energy Label, is essential to save energy when we heat our home.
How much energy do our homes consume?
More than 20% of the energy consumed in our country corresponds to the expenditure made by households. According to the IDAE, a public institute under the Ministry of Industry, on average each house consumes € 990 energy annually. Of this amount, practically half (around 47%) goes to spending on heating. In colder geographical areas, the energy expenditure for heating the home can reach 70%.
Regarding the elements of the house that consume the most energy, the heating, electrical appliances and domestic hot water production systems stand out (in this order). Other elements that also determine a greater or lesser energy expenditure in our homes are the kitchen equipment, lighting and air conditioning. The appliances that consume the most are the refrigerator, freezer and television.
Energy saving plan at home: basic tips
Before taking certain measures to save energy at home, it is essential to assess what type of installation or heating system we have and if it really suits what we need.
It is also essential to request an audit to check if the incoming bills are excessive. Sometimes we have more electricity contracted than necessary, and that means a high financial outlay.
The energy audit allows us to compare rates between different electrical operators and assess whether any of them offer us rates for hourly discrimination that fit our needs.
The process is quite simple with Sky Marketing: a professional will visit your home, check its insulation, the light outlets and review your bills. In a short time, you will receive practical solutions that will contribute to saving energy in your home, so the investment in the study is worth it.
Another essential tip for saving energy at home is to review the insulation of the entire house. To achieve efficient energy consumption, it is important that there are no air “leaks” from windows, doors, vents or extractors. According to the IDAE, up to 30% of the extra heating needs of our homes are related to heat losses through the windows. The solutions may sometimes involve spending money (for example changing the windows), but other times they are simple: something as simple as double glazing reduces heat loss by up to 50%.
Other basic tips that contribute to energy saving at home are:
Replace traditional light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs
Halogen lamps use 10 times more electricity than LED or energy saving bulbs. Their useful life justifies that their price is higher: they can provide us with between 8,000 and 10,000 hours of light.
This is a basic and affordable step that guarantees energy savings in the home.
Unplug appliances when not in use
If you have ever looked for information on how to save energy in your home, it is easy that you have heard of “electric vampires”. This expression is used to define the amount of energy that some electrical appliances use in standby mode, that is, turned off but plugged into the current.
Many of the appliances consume electricity in standby mode and this is reflected both in the bill (around 1 in 10 €), and in the environment, as they continue to emit carbon dioxide.
To put an end to electric vampires we give you two solutions: unplug the electrical appliances when not in use, or use power strips with switches.
Put up curtains and rugs
Curtains and rugs, in addition to being a decorative element, are also functional to save energy in winter. Its usefulness in eliminating cold spots can save up to 25% on heating bills.
Lower the temperature of the water heater
Energy saving plans at home should always consider how to save on hot water. In fact, if you plan to replace your old boiler, heater or electric water heater, we recommend that you look for efficient products.
Manufacturers set an average DHW temperature of 60 degrees, and the appliances are programmed with it. However, if you lower it a bit (up to 40 degrees), you will hardly notice it in practice and we will save energy and money.
Don’t heat the house when it’s empty
We all like to find the house warm after a long day at work. However, it only takes about 20 minutes to achieve the comfort temperature in the home. So if you leave the heating on for hours you will get a similar effect at the level of heat although you waste energy and waste money.
The ideal if we spend most of the day away from home is to program the heating on between 20 and 30 minutes before arriving.
Other tips for saving energy at home without being cold at home this winter:
- Keep the temperature of your house between 19 / 21ºC constantly. At night, you can lower it to 17ºC. Think that each extra degree raises the energy consumption of your home by 7%.
- Take advantage of the daylight hours to “receive” the heat of the sun. In this way you will also avoid losing accumulated heat. And remember that to ventilate the house you only need 10-15 minutes each day.
- Use thermostats. If they allow you to program the heating system on / off, so much the better. In this way it will be easier to maintain an optimal temperature and you will achieve energy savings at home of more than 10%.
- Keep your boiler or your heating system in good condition by making the corresponding periodic checks and cleaning (filters, bleeding radiators, etc.).
- Regulate the heating according to your schedules and avoid heating those rooms in the house that you do not use.
At Deplace we know that saving energy at home is a priority for those who are considering changing their home. Remember that a house in good condition, properly insulated and equipped with energy efficiency in mind will not only improve your comfort, but will also have a higher market price. In any case, it is a good investment.
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