👉 Reduce the amount of your bills
Energy prices will skyrocket. Russia, one of the world’s leading gas suppliers, will no longer be considered reliable. Oil and electricity prices will rise as each country tries to become independent from neighboring countries. To cut your energy bills, you can try switching suppliers, but you won’t see significant long-term savings because energy is expensive. And price is a way to reduce consumption and thereby limit scarcity.
1️⃣ 1° less heating, 7% savings
Gas heating : 1 degree lower house temperature means 7% savings on gas consumption. The temperature of 19 degrees indoors remains pleasant. The more cautious should definitely not stay in light clothes and put on a sweater for free. Another benefit: lowering the temperature in your home is good for your health. Leave rooms unheated, for good sleep, body temperature should drop by 2 °.
2️⃣ Electrical appliances are turned off
Electrical appliances on standby : In standby mode, consume more than during use. And yes, while they don’t consume as much when idle, as devices are most often idle, they generally consume more than when they’re in use. So don’t forget to turn them off electrically, it might force you to go to the TV, again, moving is good for your health, you’ll be less cold and it’s better for the planet and your bills!
3️⃣ Limestone hunting
Organize a limestone hunt! Depending on the layer of limestone present on the electrical resistance, the performance of your water heater or hot water tank is reduced and hence the electricity consumption is increased. An electric water heater is easy to maintain, emptying it every 5 years to remove all limestone buildup. This will extend the life of your water heater, and thus its service life will be well over 25 years! But still, don’t wait too long and get started! Many YouTube videos can help you if you’re not at all comfortable. Nothing special! What’s more, your kettles and other coffee machines that heat up in minutes are begging you to remove limescale from their resistances. But there your profit will be residual…
4️⃣ Flexible and thoughtful cooking
Prepare responsibly! The less dishes you use, the less energy you need to wash and dry them. Better organization of the way food is cooked means combining cooking in the oven, reducing the cooking time of each dish, such as saving hot water for cooking pasta to wash the dishes, or any other trick of the kind. Maybe avoid this 210 minute oven recipe just for this dish you could probably go months without, just to make things a little more favorable, right?
5️⃣ No ice cream where it’s cold!
Refrigerator, freezers: need regular maintenance, defrosting and defrosting. Ice that forms in the coldest parts of your refrigeration appliances reduces the performance of your appliances. As a result, the compressor runs longer to get less efficiency. It wears out faster, its service life is reduced. Your electricity consumption is increasing. Thus, once a year you should de-ice all your refrigeration appliances.
6️⃣ Gadgets and related objects, get out!
Related objects: not too many! While some of them can save you energy, many of them are just power-hungry gadgets for a service you can do yourself. What’s more, those that are supposed to save you energy are also expensive, and the cost-effectiveness of these kinds of gadgets is far from certain. So, yes, the technology is super good, but don’t fall into this gadget frenzy, it’s useless to manage everything from your mobile. Think about the day you stole your mobile, that should put your mind at ease 🙂
7️⃣ Washing machine: 30°, that’s enough!
Watch out for shields. But since 2008, European regulations have banned manufacturers of detergents from making them more effective at temperatures above 40 degrees. In other words, when you choose a wash program at 60 degrees, thinking that your laundry will wash better, you are mistaken. On the other hand, it is true that some tasks are indeed easier to perform at 60 degrees, but the bedding will also be more damaged. All detergents are now effective from 30 degrees.
Dryers should be avoided. If you want to save energy, this particular device should no longer be used. Its power consumption is very high. It’s just an electrical resistance with a fan in front of a pile of wet laundry… Imagine the efficiency, it’s very low.
8️⃣ Lighting, lamps on
This is not Versailles! You know. Still, it’s terrible to see the number of rooms with lights on when no one is around. And it’s for hours. The source of savings, which many neglect, thinking that the light bulb consumes little by new standards, remains negligible. Think again. Make the most of natural light. Much better for your health, it allows you to save a lot in the first place. Avoid dark colors when choosing interior finishes, especially on the floor, you will always have to leave travel lights on when you don’t necessarily need them. Of course, choose energy-saving light bulbs! But be careful, just because your light bulbs are “low consumption” doesn’t mean they should be left on unnecessarily! That would be a cure worse than the disease!
9️⃣ Shower: no more than 5 minutes!
This is a public health issue! If you stay in the shower for 10 minutes under very hot water, you probably think it makes you feel better, but you are wrong. After hypothermia, it is especially advisable not to take too hot a shower in order to avoid heat stroke by the epidermis. Plus, it softens your top layers of skin significantly, a lingering effect that few people aspire to. Obviously, in the context of energy conservation, you will understand thatshower in 2 minutesjust as much saved as water, and the energy needed to heat all this water, the use of which, to put it mildly, is useless.
1️⃣0️⃣ Track your efforts
With new counters (like Linky) it’s easy to see the fruits of your efforts. And you will be proud of yourself! And you can show it to your loved ones to prove that with a little effort, savings materialize.