The price of electricity in homes continues to rise. In order to face this rise, several measures can be taken, all of them applicable in our daily life at home. If we do it well, we can save up to a thousand dollars a year.
Saving on heating
Although spending is not the same in every climate or in every household, we all want to pay as little as possible in bills. Therefore, it is advisable to use heating correctly and not to waste energy. To do this, we recommend the following measures:
Control the temperature of your home
Above 20°C, each additional degree makes the electricity bill about 7% more expensive. Thus, reducing the temperature of the radiators by 1 or 2°C allows significant savings at the end of the month.
To control the temperature in your home you can use a programmable thermostat that allows you to manage the degrees in each room according to the time of day, sometimes even from your cell phone. In this way, it is possible to heat only certain rooms at certain times of the day, or to automatically switch off the heating systems every day between 9 am and 5 pm if there is no one in the house during these hours.
You can save up to 25% by turning the heating off or turning it down an hour before going to bed. Also, by turning it down by 3 or 4°C when you are away from home for more than 2 hours. If you are away for a long period of time (more than a day), we recommend that you switch the heater to frost protection mode if you have the option.
Keep your heating system clean and working properly
The user must check his gas boiler – as a general rule – every two years. However, there are several exceptions depending on the type of equipment. For example, water heaters need to be serviced every five years or oil boilers every year. This revision avoids breakdowns, prevents the malfunctioning of the system, prolongs the life of the equipment and promotes energy saving.
If you have solar panels in your home or have the option of installing them, you should know that with them you can save a lot of money by using the sun as an energy source.
For all those who have a gas boiler, it is recommended to choose the automatic ignition.
Clean dust from radiators as doing so regularly can save up to 10% of the energy consumed.
Do not place objects too close to the radiators, so as to avoid interfering with the radiation. By placing reflective panels behind radiators on non-insulated walls, their performance can be improved by 5-10%.
If you have hydraulic radiators, empty them of air regularly, starting with the lowest radiators. This step is essential, especially at the beginning of the heating period. In addition, insulating the pipes in the hydraulic heating circuit will allow you to reduce hot water consumption by approximately 10%.
If your hydraulic heating system is old, the pipes may rust. This causes the energy efficiency of the heating to be reduced by 40%. You can also equip your hydraulic radiators with thermostatic valves to adjust them piece by piece. You will reduce your bill by 5-10%.
If you have an electric water heater, heat it during off-peak hours so that it costs less. To do this, make sure you sign up for an appropriate electricity contract with time discrimination. If you are going to be away for more than 2 days, remember to turn off the water heater.
It is useful to insulate the hot water pipes and try to ensure that the temperature of the water heater never exceeds 60°C, as there is a high risk of scalding above 50°C. Also remember to descale the water heater every 2 to 3 years.
Equipping the kitchen and shower with taps that include thermostats will allow you to save 30% more energy than using two taps that mix cold and hot water.
Equip the taps with eco-foams or with a water saver in the shower head. This allows the water jet to be channelled and foam to reduce its flow.
Tips to save electricity in your appliances
- Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources (radiator, oven, stove, window, etc.)
- Check your temperature regularly (+5°C is sufficient for a refrigerator and -18°C for a freezer).
- Optimize storage in the refrigerator so that the cold is distributed correctly.
- Defrost the freezer once every three months.
- Check for leaks.
- Clean the rear grill of the refrigerator every year.
- Do not put hot dishes in the refrigerator. It is better to wait and let them cool down naturally.
- Reduces the washing temperature of the clothes (a cycle at 40°C saves 25% of energy compared to the cycle at 60°C)
- Programs the washing machine to work during off-peak hours.
- Make sure you fill the washing machine when you turn it on.
- Avoid pre-washing.
- Descale your machine and clean the filters regularly.
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
- The latest models of dishwashers have an “eco” button that can reduce electricity consumption by up to 45% depending on the model.
- Let the dishes dry in the open air
Limit the consumption of electronic devices
When you buy a TV, choose a low power (less than 800W) screen. Use power outlets to unplug media devices, this will prevent them from going into sleep mode. When you are not using the phone or computer chargers, unplug them. Similarly, turn off the computer instead of leaving it on standby. This will save energy and prolong the life of your hard drive. A router consumes on average 200 kWh per year. Leave it connected to a timer, and it will turn off automatically depending on the configuration.
How to save electricity on lighting?
Home lighting should not be neglected, although with the advent of LED lighting, with all types of LED bulbs, has reduced dramatically lighting consumption.
Betting on natural lighting
A number of actions can be taken to take advantage of natural light. For example, place the desk or reading area near a window, especially because natural light is better for the eyes. Also, open the curtains and blinds in your home as soon as the sun comes in.
Use appropriate light bulbs
To illuminate the home, use LED bulbs instead of halogen bulbs. In fact, even if you reduce the intensity of a halogen bulb, it still consumes up to 75% of electricity. Clean the bulbs and blinds regularly to remove dust and recover light.
Compare prices to save on energy bills
Comparing prices and contracting cheaper electricity and gas offers allows us to save money on our bills. When comparing providers, look for those that offer cheap electricity in Houston so that your newly purchased items don’t increase your power bill. Therefore, it is advisable to check the price we pay for the contracted kW as well as the consumption. Remember that changing the company has no cost.