How to save energy at home
While we are at home one of the main concerns that attacks our minds is energy savings. This can be hard work, especially if there are several people living at home, but with a little practice and will, we can make saving energy a habit.
In this article, we detail several very effective ways to save energy at home.
Take advantage of natural light
One of the ways to save energy at home is to take advantage of the benefits of nature. Sunlight is one of them, especially in countries where the weather allows sunny days almost all year round.
Turn off lights
In the event that you have to turn on the lights, remember to turn them off when you are no longer in this room of the house. And above all, remember to turn them all off before leaving home.
Even if you have LED lights and consume very little, if you always leave them on for hours you will end up paying more on your electricity bill without need it.
Consume in off-peak hours
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One way to achieve greater energy savings at home is by taking advantage of hours of low consume to cook or do chores:
- Washing machine: Put the washing machines at night or in the morning and take advantage of the low consume period.
- Iron: Leave the clothes that need less ironing for the end and iron them with the residual heat after disconnecting the appliance.
- Oven: It consumes a lot, so if you are going to cook something in the oven, take advantage and bake more than one dish.
- Dishwasher: Set it at night while you sleep, you will take advantage of the cheapest energy.
Cover pans and pots when cooking
Although it seems silly, much of the heat generated by cooking escapes if we do not use a lid. Not only will it take longer to heat the pan or bring the water to a boil, but you will also consume more energy (if you have a ceramic hob it will have to work harder and will consume more energy).
Take advantage of the residual heat of the oven and vitro
Both the oven and the ceramic hob do not lose heat immediately when you turn them off. And you can take advantage of that residual heat to finish doing what you’re cooking.
If you’re roasting a chicken in the oven, turn it off 5 or 10 minutes early and let it finish browning with the residual heat from the oven.
Unplug appliances you don’t use
We remind you that ‘stand by’ is one of those invisible vampires that consume even if we don’t realize it. It occurs when we leave devices switched off but still plugged in.
In these cases, the device, although turned off, continues to consume. Some examples can be: chargers, computers, heaters, digital devices, electric brush, etc.
One way to make disconnecting these devices easier and become a habit to save at home is to bet on the power strips. So you can disconnect several used devices at once. Another option is smart plugs that fully connect and disconnect devices without unplugging them and are even programmable (although they are also more expensive than traditional power strips).
Make good use of your appliances
It is not all about buying a self-cleaning oven or a nofrost refrigerator, that does have a good energy rating. Appliances must be continuously maintained to function properly.
For example, clean the fridge coil at least once a year, keep the air conditioning filters clean from time to time, or remove excess dust from the fan blades for proper operation. In addition you will be able to extend the useful life of these devices.
Iron your clothes in one go
The iron is one of those appliances that consume more than you think. It needs a lot of energy to reach such high temperatures. So it is a great habit to save, focusing on ironing all the clothes we have at once.
To do it in the most efficient way, start by ironing the fabrics that need less temperature and continue with those that need more temperature. Turn off the iron and finish ironing those few items you have left, the heat that the iron still has can help you to finish this domestic task.
Avoid keeping freezer and fridge open
It has happened to all of us, we open the fridge and look for a while without knowing very well what. Opening the fridge or freezer for a long time is a bad practice when it comes to energy savings.
The cold that your fridge generates is quickly lost when you do this. So a little advice to reduce your energy consumption at home is to adopt this habit: think first and then open your fridge. Easy, right?
Maintain the right temperature in your home
This is a somewhat more complicated habit. Establishing a temperature that all the tenants of the house consider adequate or pleasant is not easy. We leave you a hint here, the comfort temperatures are:
- Winter: 20-23 degrees
- Summer: 22-25 degrees
What is easy is to maintain the agreed temperature. You can use digital thermostats to maintain the temperature when you put heating or air conditioning.