How do I save energy in my apartment?
It is no secret to anyone that electricity tariffs continue to fluctuate very much every day. Situations like this, in addition to the crisis that is beginning to make itself felt, leads to the electricity bills representing one of the largest expenses of the home.
What is the solution to avoid significant increases in electricity bills? In fact, it's time to start acting, and knowing how to save electricity. But how? Few know how to save electricity at home, or what solutions to it.
In this way, Selectra Portugal and Pera Premium Properties want to help you save, and so they have created this complete and detailed guide so that you know how to save electricity at home, reducing the amount of the invoice and successfully overcoming the difficult times we currently face. Recommendations for saving electricity.
If you are currently questioning how to save electricity at home, you should take and apply certain measures to optimize the use of lighting systems, appliances and electronic devices at home. We will give some recommendations on how to reduce energy at home, mainly with detailed analysis of each appliance, through electronic devices and lighting systems.
1. Save electricity when using household appliances
One aspect to be taken into account is that appliances spend between 20% and 40% of energy consumption in a home, especially if they are conventional and older appliances, because they have an energy label with a low level of energy efficiency.
That's why it's important to buy appliances that have an "A" rated energy label, which is the maximum level of energy efficiency, helping to save up to 60% less energy consumption compared to conventional or low energy-efficient appliances. It is of no use to have hired a good price of electricity, if its appliances are obsolete, and consume three times more than the most modern and efficient equipment. So I thought about it and make a good investment when buying low-consume appliances.
However, for each appliance, we can follow certain measures to save on electricity consumption. Let's look at a few:
● Washing machines: It is important to reduce the temperature of the washing machine. You can use 40-degree cycles to wash clothes, which helps save energy compared to a 60 cycle. It is important that you program the appliance to operate at the times when energy is cheaper, and avoid pre-washing and perform proper maintenance.
● Dishwasher: Use the dishwasher only when it is full. If your dishwasher is a recent model you can have the Eco function, which can reduce the power consumption of the appliance by up to 50%.
● Refrigerator: They must always be away from heat sources such as radiators, stoves, ovens, among others. Other recommended measures: the freezer should be thawed every 4 months, you should also clean the back once a year and nothing warm inside.
● Kitchen: It is recommended to cover the pots and pans during food preparation, whenever possible, as this will spend up to 5 times less electricity. In the case of the oven, it should not open it constantly, otherwise it will lose heat and will make a higher consumption of electricity. Also remember to clean it frequently.
● Dryers: In this case, it is recommended to avoid overusing it or putting
very wet clothes inside. Remember that the dryer is one of the
appliances that consume the most electricity. Now that it's summer, take out your clothes.
Selectra still leaves another piece of advice: use renewable energy in your home.
Today, solar consumption has been increasing a lot, helping to conserve the environment and pay less money with your electricity bill.
When installing solar panels at home, it no longer depends on the traditional power supply, and starts to consume the energy that the sun offers. And don't worry, your appliances will continue to function perfectly. Say goodbye to energy bills.
2. Control the power consumption of electronic devices
Today, our homes are full of electronic devices, be they televisions, computers, stereos, game consoles, etc. These consume a lot of energy, whether
on or off while on standby.
So if you want to know how to reduce the energy you consume, we leave the following tips to optimize the use you give your electronic devices:
We recommend the use of electrical extensions, whether conventional or intelligent.
Because electronic devices, when turned off, enter Standby mode, even if they look like they don't consume electricity, the reality is that they continue to expend minimal energy. In this case, the best solution is to disconnect it when not in use and, for this, with the help of an electrical extension, with a single button can turn everything off at once.
Many electronic devices have timers to turn off. For example, you can schedule them to turn off during the highest consumption hours or when you know you will no longer use them.
It is always important to know the electrical consumption of our electronic devices. This way we will be able to control energy expenditure and take steps to save.
Always disconnect computers and mobile phones because they are devices that consume a lot of electricity.
3. Control the power consumption of lighting systems
Another key to saving electricity is to control lighting. Lighting accounts for up to 10% of electricity consumption at home, so by taking the right steps to regulate and decrease electricity consumption, we will see major changes in electricity bills.
So stick with ways to save electricity by optimizing the lighting systems of the
● It is recommended to use LED lamps as they consume up to 80% less electricity than conventional lamps.
● You can take advantage of natural light to avoid the use of electric light. So if you have a table or reading space, place them near a window.
● Another measure you can take to reduce your light bill is to exchange all conventional home lamps for LED or low consumption.
Conclusion: remember that these recommendations are very important to save electricity. Of course, you do not have to apply them in full, but at least be consistent in the implementation of the measures you like the most. Saving on energy depends on you.
Article in partnership with Selectra