Power saving tips
Power consumption is also dependent on the age and condition of the electric appliances. According to the latest energy efficiency research, it is most often worth replacing your power eater appliance with a new one.
For easy visibility of energy efficiency, the various appliances are categorized, using alphabetic letters. These various classes among the appliances apply throughout the EU and assist in the selection of the “Energy Saving King”.
Class G characterizes the least favourable, while Class A characterizes the best. Currently, Due to technical progress, there is an extension of this scale to A +++.
A +++ denotes to appliances which consume 60% less energy than appliances in energy class A. Nearly all commercially available devices today have already reached Class A, and none fall within the scale of class D.
However, all the individual electric devices are at different stages in their development. The latest Class A +++ applies only to freezers, refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers. The class A label is the maximum for TVs and was introduced recently. Efficiency labels aren’t available yet for water boilers, dryers and air conditioners.
In general, it’s worth to have a look at the label: Energy-efficient appliances conserve valuable resources, produce fewer CO2 - emissions and relieve the consumer by means of lower electricity costs.
Whether it is your TV, PC or other office equipment, the music system or small electrical appliances in the kitchen or bathroom: everything is on stand-by and continues to consume power even if you have the equipment turned off. When you have individual devices that need to be plugged into the wall socket, it is best to pull out the plug when the appliances are no longer in use.
A multiple gadget power strip with a switch is an effective solution to unplug several appliances at once.
Refrigerators and freezers not only keep our food cool and fresh for longer but also need to cool themselves. The higher the room temperature, the more energy will be needed to keep their contents cool. Therefore, they are best placed in basements. If this is not possible and equipment is in the kitchen, rather avoid the direct vicinity of the stove.
The surrounding temperature also increases when the refrigerator is exposed to direct sunlight. In addition, the equipment should have a certain distance from the wall to ensure sufficient air circulation.
When it comes to using the stove or the oven, with proper use, savings are a breeze. For example, if you would like to cook pasta, you can use a kettle to preheat the water and thereafter bring it to the boil in a pot.
Please note that it is important to use the right lid for the pot so that it loses the least heat. If it is more of a tasty casserole, in order to use most of the heat generated in the oven, please refrain from preheating the oven and turn it off shortly before the perfect cooking point.
When washing clothes, you can effectively save in a simple way. Only do your laundry when the machine is full. It is not only the capacity that helps save power, but the temperature at which you do your laundry also makes a difference: the lower the temperature, the less power is required. Even a cycle at 30 degrees is sufficient to effectively remove everyday stains. In addition, some machines have built-in eco or power-saving features.
After washing, hanging clothes on a washing line is still the most economical alternative to tumble drying the laundry.
Especially in summer, when the heat feels as if it would melt the thermometer, it is very tempting to let the air conditioner run all day. However, it will take its revenge later on your electricity bill with high costs.
To keep home cool without going bankrupt, you could follow these tips:
- Keep the house in the shade by using curtains or blinds and closing windows.
- Wait until sunset to ventilate the rooms by opening both windows and doors so that there is a flow.
If that weren’t enough, using a couple of electric fans would be a great help. They consume less power than air conditioning yet make for a slight breeze that definitely will cool down the housing.
When it comes to the garden, planting trees and vines will bring a lot of shade and also have a cooling effect.