Every year, an average household can dispose of 3,000-6,000 kWh in household electricity. In addition, up to 15,000 kWh for heating and 6,000 kWh for hot water are added to the villas.
It is possible to reduce electricity consumption a great deal through fairly simple measures. Here we list some of them:
1. Lower the indoor temperature. One degree reduces energy use by about five percent.
2. Have new sealing strips around windows and doors.
3. Fold-down blinds or blinds during winter nights to keep it warm.
4. Use energy-efficient lighting. LED and low-energy lamps are considerably more energy-efficient and last longer. Each replaced lamp provides energy saving.
5. Turn off the light. There is no more electricity when you turn it on and off frequently. Get hours or motion sensors to make sure the light is only on when you are there.
6. Unplug any chargers or other adapters when not in use.
7. Use energy-saving mode on your TV and computer if such a function exists.
8. Do not use standby mode on devices older than five years.
9. Turn off underfloor heating and towel rail when not needed.
10. Set the correct temperature in the refrigerator (+5 degrees) and freezer (-18 degrees). Make sure the doors close tightly.
11. Clean the back of the fridge a couple of times a year.
12. Thaw frozen food in the fridge before cooking. The fringe benefits from the cold in frozen food.
13. Use a kettle that draws less energy than the built-in burner.
14. Cook with a lid and choose the right size of the saucepan. It can save 80 percent of the energy.
15. Use the microwave instead of the cooker/oven when cooking less food.
16. Wash at 40 degrees instead of 60 degrees, whenever possible. It can almost halve energy consumption.
17. Use the highest centrifugation, which is the most effective way to dry your clothes. Or hang up your clothes if you have time.
18. Air dry the laundry outdoors if possible. A dryer pulls up to four times more electricity than a washing machine, a drying cabinet eight times as much.
19. Using a dishwasher draws less energy than washing by hand. However, the disk cost becomes higher, because the dishwasher detergent is about ten times more expensive than hand dishwashing detergent. So make a summary of how you do it.
20. Be sure to fill the dishwasher properly. It can consume almost as much energy half full as full.
21. Water-saving taps and showerheads can almost halve your hot water usage. How often and how long you shower also affects energy consumption.
22. Check the energy label when buying new appliances. The operating cost is up to 80% of the total cost of an appliance’s life. A glass-ceramic burner draws about 20 percent less than one with a cast iron plate. An induction cooker draws 40 percent less.