Energy saving tips
6 minutes readOct 19, 2019

Energy saving tips

Sustainability | Environment

To increase your energy efficiency we bring you some energy saving tips and some ways to save electricity to take care of the environment!

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Saving energy is not only important to reduce the cost of our bill but above all to promote **sustainability** and take care of the environment. It's about adopting new habits and being constant to increase our energy efficiency. Every action, however small it may seem, has an impact on our planet, and only each of us in particular has the ability to reduce this impact. For this reason, we show you 15 energy saving tips that will help you save more than you imagine. It’s not necessary applying them all from the beginning, you can start with the simplest ones and, as you acquire the routine, you’ll want to add new habits. **The effort is worth it!** ## 1. Install renewable energies Renewable energies (such as solar thermal, photovoltaic solar, wind energy, etc.) will not only help you **reduce your consumption**, but also make your home more **energy efficient**. ## 2. Make the most of natural light Whenever we can, it’s better to get profit of natural light, which nature offers us totally for free. Our bill and the environment will be grateful for it :) And when you have to turn on lights, don't forget to **turn** them **off** whenever you leave any room. ## 3. Fit the power of your home The contracted power supposes a good part of your bill, so it’s essential to check if we have the option to **reduce the power** without being affected, that is, without the fuses constantly skipping. ## 4. Consider an off-peak tariff Getting an off-peak rate with **time discrimination** can allow you to save almost € 100 per year if a large part of your consumption fits in the **valley hours** (it varies depending on the country and the energy company, but it usually runs from 12:30am to 7:30am). ## 5. Schedule your appliances It will be a great saving to schedule your electrical appliances (such as dishwasher, washing machine...) so that they start up during the **reduced rate hours** you have contracted at home, either in the morning or at night. ## 6. Disconnect devices Even if the microwave, television and computer are turned off, in standby or not being used, if they are still plugged in, they will continue consuming electricity. This **phantom consumption** can mean more than 10% of the total home energy expense. You can choose to disconnect them whenever you don’t use them and you can even install plugs that **disconnect them automatically** or bet on strips, which are cheaper. ## 7. Prioritize the dishwasher Yes, the dishwasher consumes much less than washing the dishes by hand. A dishwasher cycle is equivalent to a 1kW consumption compared to 4kW if we do it by hand, in addition to spending about 10 liters of water for every minute we have the tap open. Therefore, using **the dishwasher allows a 40% energy saving**. ## 8. Cover the frying pan when cooking Covering our pans, we achieve the ingredients **cooking faster**, so we reduce the cooking time and the energy consumed. And if we also aim for **pressure cookers**, we’ll reduce electricity consumption by around **80%**. ## 9. Optimize your appliances Optimize the performance of each and every one of your electrical appliances by following these tips: - Wash your clothes with **low temperature programs**, at a maximum of 30ºC. Did you know that more than 80% of the energy consumed by your washing machine is focused on heating the water? Use it only when you can **fill it** or use **short washing programs** and avoid prewash cycles, which consume even more. - In the dishwasher, aim for the **eco programs** and use it when is completely full or with a short wash cycle. - Regulate the temperature of the **fridge** and **freezer**, which must be located, on the one hand, between 5ºC and 7ºC and, on the other hand, at -18ºC. - Set the **water heater temperature** to a maximum of 40 degrees, since by default it’s usually set at 60º. ## 10. Optimize the iron Although it may not seem like this, it’s **one of the devices** we have at home that **consumes the most**. Use the iron whenever you accumulate clothes and avoid using it only for a single piece of clothing. This will save energy since the highest consumption occurs when it’s plugged in since it needs a lot of energy to heat up. And to do it even more **efficiently**, first iron those clothes that require low temperatures, continue with those that needs the highest temperatures and finish with the last pieces turning off the iron and taking profit of its residual heat. ## 11. Regulates heating and air conditioning The ideal temperature in our home in winter is between 19ºC and 21ºC during the day and 15ºC and 17ºC during the night. In summer, however, it’s between 24ºC and 26ºC. Did you know that raising or lowering only a thermostat degree can increase your **energy consumption** by **7%**? The best option is to have digital and programmable thermostats by zones or by each of the rooms to avoid unnecessary consumptions. ## 12. Take advantage of the residual heat **The last 5 or 10 minutes** before finishing our cooking, we can turn off the oven or the ceramic stove to take advantage of the residual heat they generate and thus finish cooking our dishes. And if it’s induction or gas cooking, we can also apply the same trick, **covering the frying pan** or the pot so that the food finish cooking thanks to its own heat. ## 13. Use energy saving light bulbs Replace incandescent and halogens ones with energy saving light bulbs or **LEDs**, which consume about **85% less energy** and have a much longer life. ## 14. Buy class A+++ electrical appliances Any appliance A+++ class is **much more efficient** and consume much less energy compared to another lower class model, either A, B, C or D. The energy label A+++ guarantees us considerable savings on our electricity bills. ## 15. Ensures good windows insulations Ensuring that **both doors and windows close well** will prevent us from losing an important part of energy (either in heat or cold format depending on the season). By installing sealing strips, silicone or putty we can **avoid a loss about 20% of energy**. ## Other ways to save electricity C lichés and typical, but true and very useful: - Take a **shower** instead of taking a bath. - Do not leave the **tap** open if it’s not 100% necessary. - Don’t keep the **fridge** and the **freezer** opened unnecessarily. - Keep electrical appliances in **good conditions**. - Don’t open the **oven** during its use if it’s not essential. - Use **sustainable mobility alternatives** (public transport, electric vehicle, bicycle, electric scooter...). - Avoid using dryers and **dry clothes outdoors** whenever it’s possible. - **Defrost** food in the fridge and avoid using the microwave.

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