There are many different ways to reduce your household’s electricity use, ranging from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. The two major motives to save electricity are to save on utility bills and protect the environment.
How to save electricity?
Today we are going to introduce 10 effective ideas on how to save electricity at home.
1. Use a modern fridge.
How to save electricity by use of modern fridge? The fridge is the only device that works in our homes continuously.
Of course, the cooling compressor only starts from time to time, but the refrigerator must always be powered by electricity so that it can monitor the temperature inside and react accordingly to changing conditions.
That is why the share of a refrigerator in the consumption of energy in a household is almost 30%.
If you have a modern refrigerator, with a distinctive energy class of at least A +, you have already made an important step on the road to energy savings.
However, if you still have an old refrigerator still working from your last age (“because it works”), then … we advise you to get rid of such old equipment as soon as possible.
2. Take care of lighting
Each of us has a refrigerator, each of us also has artificial lighting at home. Lighting is the second “energy dragon” that absorbs significant amounts of electricity.
Each lamp works on electricity. It is worth switching to modern, energy-saving, LED light sources. Especially in those rooms where we use artificial lighting most often and the longest.
Replacing just one classic 100-watt bulb with a tungsten filament that shines about 3 hours a day on its energy-saving equivalent (LED) is an annual profit of up to 15 bucks.
In this context, the higher price of energy-saving light sources is not so bad anymore, right? The profit will be the greater, the more non-ecological sources of light you exchange for the right ones.
3. Do you like tea and have an electric kettle? Pay attention to it.
An electric kettle is another, very popular equipment in our homes. Its share in the overall energy balance of a household is not so small.
Mainly because although the kettle usually works briefly (a few minutes to heat the water), it consumes a lot of energy during operation.
According to studies by the Energy Market Agency and data of the Central Statistical Office, the average percentage of energy used in homes by a kettle is as much as 5.3% of the total energy consumption of all devices.
4. Turn on TV only when you are watching.
According to the data given at the beginning, the TV consumes about 6% of all energy consumed by a Polish household. It’s a lot! Why? Mainly because still in many houses the TV plays the role of a musical and visual “background”. It’s about a situation when in principle no one is watching TV (eg during family gatherings) and the TV in the background works anyway.
Television is not a household member, nor a family member – in the meeting does not have to participate. It is true that today’s televisions are no longer as energy-consuming as they used CRT models, but they can also use up a lot. This is especially true for large screens. so turn the tv off while not watching
5. Use Power strips to save electricity
Many devices are connected to the power grid via power lists – this is a good idea because we can easily increase the number of sockets needed. The slats also have one more advantage.
If they have a switch, you can use them to completely cut off from the supply of many unused devices at the moment. Example? Computer set. Desktop computer + keyboard + mouse + monitor and often also laptop and printer.
If each of these devices was connected to separate sockets in the wall, I bet that almost nobody would like to disconnect all devices, eg at night from electricity. Thanks to the slat, this operation is very easy.
The same applies to all kinds of mobile chargers for smartphones, tablets and other devices, without which we can not function, and which require quite frequent charging.
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6. Use flat utensils in an electric kitchen?
Although the most popular type of cookers in our homes are cookers and gas plates, however, many people have electric / induction cookers/hobs. How can we save energy when we have such a solution in our home?
First of all, in the case of ceramic (but not induction) ceramic cookers, we should make sure that vessels with a flat, tightly adjacent heating bottom are used on them. Any irregular surface is a loss of energy when cooking.
In the case of electric induction cookers, this is not a problem, because in their case when we use a non-flat vessel, the induction simply will not work. These types of ovens require flat, magnetic bottoms in pots and pans.
Regardless of which type of electric cooker we use (ceramic or induction cookers), remember to cook dishes under cover and for example by boiling water for soup or any other dish use as much water as we actually use. Cooking without cover is a waste of up to 30-40% of the energy used to heat the cookware to the right temperature.
Remember also that cooking energy from frozen products is a big waste of energy. If you plan to cook something that was early in the freezer, remove the food early enough for it to defrost, you will consume much less energy when cooking.
7. Use the equipment 100% to save electricity
What is going on?
How to save electricity by using 100%? Mainly not to run devices when they are not fully used. For example, a washing machine or dishwasher should only be started when the chambers are completely full. Washing the “half-whistle” does not pay off, similarly in the case of a washing machine. It is true that modern devices have programs that allow for less wear in the case of a smaller contribution (whether clothing or dirty dishes – depending on the equipment), but the optimal solution is to start such devices when they are fully used.
8. Don’t use an oven as a toaster
An electric oven is a piece of equipment that we usually use rarely, but once we start it, it has a big energy appetite. In general, for these devices, the principle of optimal use should be kept in mind. Warming up the entire oven chamber just to prepare one toast is a bad idea.
If you are already planning to bake something bigger, it is worth using the airflow function, thanks to which the interior of the oven will warm up to the set temperature much faster. Of course, it is necessary to minimize the opening of the working chamber of the oven, because it causes the escape of hot air from its interior.
Another advice concerns the time the oven is turned off. If, for example, you prepare a dish that requires baking for 40 minutes, the equipment does not have to be turned on all the time. A few minutes before the end of baking you can turn off the oven (just do not open it!), The temperature inside will still be high enough that the prepared dish will be prepared as it should, and you will save some energy.
9. Take control of your heating
In the UK saving energy starts with heating. Two-thirds of energy used by homes in the UK is for space heating and this accounts for half our bills. If you include water then heating it rises to two-thirds of average costs and save electricity.
People mostly think of their heating bills in terms of fuel costs but really what we are paying for is heat loss. The lower the heat loss the lower the energy use. Top rate insulation is the ideal way to lower heating bills but if you’re a renter, or can’t pay for more insulation, your best option is to take better control of your heating.
Basically, the colder the average temperature in your house is the lower your heating needs are. We can use this knowledge to heat strategically.
10. Change your habits
All of the advice presented here does not impose any great requirements, nor do they require great sacrifices from you and other household members. In fact, it’s mostly about changing habits. Without a great effort, you can reduce your power consumption by up to half. Just follow our advice.