Saving energy in the home: The best tips for everyday life
- 1. refrigerator: increase temperature by 1 degree.
In many households, the refrigerator is set too cold. 7 degrees is enough for food to stay fresh, especially if you store food correctly. Saves 5 Euro per year - (equivalent to about 9 kg CO2)
- 2. washing machine: use the energy saving program (Eco program).
Although it takes longer, it is more economical because the water is heated less and this saves electricity. If you wash twice a week, it saves 8 euros a year - (equivalent to about 13 kg of CO2).
- 3. oven: use the convection setting instead of top and bottom heat.
That way, you can bake at a lower temperature; you can also use several levels in the oven at the same time. Saves 18 euros per year if you bake once a week on average. (equivalent to about 31 kg of CO2)
- 4. freezer: defrost regularly.
Even if it's a nuisance: a 1cm layer of ice doubles the freezer's power consumption. Saves 9 euros per year - (equivalent to about 15 kg of CO2).
- 5. washing machine: fill the machine completely, instead of only half.
Don’t hesitate to fill new models completely. Also important: Sort the laundry properly before washing. Saves 25 euros per year when washing twice a week - (corresponds to approx. 43 kg CO2).
- 6. stove: Use the lid when cooking.
Sounds simple, but many people still don't do it - even though it can save a lot of electricity. Also important: the pot size should fit the hob. Saves 27 euros per year when cooking three times a week - (corresponds to approx. 46 kg CO2).
- 7. lighting: replace halogen lamps with LED lamps.
It’s also worth replacing energy-saving lamps with LED lamps. Replacing three ceiling lamps saves 55 euros per year - (equivalent to approx. 95 kg of CO2).
- 8. router: switch off in the evening/at night.
With some routers, you can deactivate the wireless at night using a time switch. Saves 12 euros per year - (corresponds to approx. 21 kg CO2)
- 9. kettle: Always boil only the amount of water you really need.
Still, heating water in the kettle is much more energy-saving than on the stove. Saves 14 Euro per year if before you used to boil 1 liter of water too much every day - (corresponds to approx. 25 kg CO2)
- 10. computer: put in sleep mode instead of activating the screen saver.
Also useful: use the energy saving mode. If you avoid the screen saver for two hours a day, you save 17 euros a year - (equivalent to approx. 30 kg CO2)
- 11. stove: boil eggs and vegetables with only 2 cm of water in the pot, instead of completely covering them with water.
This not only saves electricity, as less water needs to be heated, but also saves time. Saves 10 euros per year when cooking three times a week - (equivalent to about 18 kg of CO2).
- 12. in general: avoid standby mode and always turn off all household appliances completely using a power strip.
Exceptions: OLED TVs, routers and inkjet printers. Saves up to 60 euros per year - (equivalent to approx. 100 kg CO2).
Energy can also be saved when heating and showering.
- Showering instead of bathing
A shower requires about 50 liters of water, while a full bath requires 150 liters. In addition, you can save 50 percent of the water by installing a shower saver.
- Turn down the heating
Turn down the heating at night and when you're away (16°C) if the heating doesn't do it automatically - smart thermostats help.