If you practice the ways to save energy, you are not only reducing the money you will pay on the bill, you are also reducing the consumption of fuels that are necessary for production, minimizing the emission of gases into the atmosphere. In short, you are being part of those who take care of the planet.
In this article we’ve rounded up a full list of tips on how to cut your energy usage.
How to reduce energy consumption
With the cost of living, particularly electricity prices, front of mind for many, improving your home’s energy efficiency has never been more important. But the good news is, cutting back on your power usage around the house can be as simple as implementing a few small changes.
The following tips can immediately save energy around the home, and many of them cost absolutely nothing!
1. Turn your thermostat down
This is one of the easiest things to do on this list. For each degree you cut the thermostat, expect to cut bills by 4%-ish.
Of course, it might cause some arguments with family, flatmates or fussy pets, but the World Health Organisation says that 18 degrees is enough for healthy adults, with slightly higher temperatures needed for the very old or young. So, consider popping on a jumper at home and seeing what temperature your household is comfortable at.
2. Fit a free water-saving shower head
Reducing your water usage can cut bills for those on water meters, help the environment, and reduce energy costs too, as when you use less water, you usually heat less water.
3. Don’t assume all energy-saving light bulbs are equal
LED uses about half the energy of the bigger fluorescent spiral ‘energy-saving bulbs’. Obviously turning ‘turn off when you’re not in the room helps too.
4. Wash more clothes less – and try a cooler setting
Try to do one fewer load of washing a week and make sure you fill up the machine each time.
You could also try doing your washing on a colder setting.
5. Don’t leave your devices on standby (though it’s not the problem it used to be)
Switching off your devices is better than leaving them on standby, of course, as otherwise you’re using energy for something you’re not making use of.
6. Use radiator thermostats
Don’t heat the whole house when you’re spending all day in one room. Thermostatic radiator valves are an extra control which you can use to set the temperature of each individual room (other than where your main thermostat is). When the temperature in that room rises above what’s set on the radiator valve, it will stop water flowing through that particular radiator – the boiler will still be on to heat other rooms, but it will use less energy.
Installing them and using them with your thermostat allows you to control the temperature room by room.
7. Use ‘eco’ mode on appliances where possible
Many appliances have modes which make them operate at different speeds, temperatures and levels of power. Often, they have an ‘eco’ mode, which is marketed as being more environmentally friendly.
For most appliances, ‘eco’ mode means operating at a lower speed, and often, heat. It’s frequently an option on washing machines and dishwashers. Using these modes will use less energy, in some cases even less than washing on a short cycle, and therefore will save you money on your energy bills.
Be warned, though, these modes are likely to struggle with, for example, really messy dishes or very dirty clothes. They’re also not ideal if you’re in a rush, as eco mode cycles typically take a lot longer.
8. Fill the dishwasher up
It might be tempting to run your dishwasher when it’s only partially full, just to get your stuff clean, but it’s an extremely inefficient way to use energy.
If you wait till it’s full, you can manage one less run of the machine a week.
9. Avoid using the tumble dryer
You could save by avoiding using the tumble dryer where possible, as it uses a lot of energy.
Try drying your clothes on an airer, but make sure you leave a window open, as it can cause damp in poorly ventilated homes. In the warmer summer months, if you’ve a garden or balcony, dry them outside.
10. Use the microwave instead of the oven
If you can use your microwave instead of the oven to cook certain foods, do. They use less energy than ovens because they only heat the food, not the air around it.
Winters in Spain
Winter is a great time to travel to Spain for many reasons. For one thing, you can enjoy everything you love about winter, but it’s usually sunny, with milder temperatures than most of Europe and not much rain. And if you would really rather skip winter and go straight to spring, you can visit the Canary Islands to enjoy a perpetual gentle 24 degrees centigrade and spend some pleasant days on the beach.
Green energy in Spain
With both green energy and renewable energy, you not only help take care of the planet of which you are a part, but you also help your pockets.
Spain is one of the countries that in the near future may become a leading world power in the generation of green energy due to the number of hours of sunshine it has throughout the year and other sources such as wind and water.
This is because green energy is much less expensive than conventional energy, since green energy is obtained through natural forms such as the sun, wind, water, etc.
On the other hand, it should be noted that said energy is less expensive because its resources are endless.
For this reason, not only do you help the environment, you also help reduce expenses in a unique way and doing it in a sustainable way so that tomorrow our children, grandchildren and relatives in general can live in a habitat that is not dangerous.
Green energy with Tiekom. Advantages
Tiekom is committed to 100% renewable energy, to saving the planet’s resources and offers significant savings in the electricity bill of our customers. We believe that renewable energies are the way to guarantee the future of our planet.
We work every day to make electricity more easily understandable and accessible to all and also more respectful with the environment.