How to Save on Electricity

How to Save on Electricity

No need to stop using anything in your house to achieve electricity savings. Today there are effective alternatives for virtually all electrical appliances. Applying only some of the advice that we let down, you can cut back on your electric bill and save a sizable sum at the end of the year.

Computers:

  • Turn off all computer equipment when is not used overnight. The screen savers do not save electricity. Use electricity saving settings on your computer to automatically switch off the equipment like monitors and hard drives after some time of no use. Set the computer to hibernate after a long period of inactivity.
  • Turn off the monitors when you stop using the computer. Active modes of electricity saving printers, especially laser printers. Purchase of equipment and low amperage equipment always opt certified "Energy Star".

Lamps and Lighting:

  • Whenever possible, use natural light instead of electric lighting.
  • Always turn off the lights in the rooms of the house that are not being used.
  • Choose lighting that is focused on the task to perform rather than illuminating an entire room.
  • Use low energy bulbs in general lighting and desk lamps.
  • Avoid halogen lamps because this type of lamp is energy intensive.


Heating:

  • Dress according to the season and set the heating to a temperature of 20ºC in winter and 24ºC in summer.
  • During winter, open shades and curtains to let in the sunlight. If the weather is cloudy, close them to prevent heat from leaving. During the night must also close all curtains and blinds.
  • During the summer, close the curtains so as to prevent heat from inside the house.
  • Use hot water sparingly.
  • Most of the electricity used at home is targeted for heating or cooling the environment.
  • Be careful not to block the air vents of heating systems.
  • Using programmable thermostats will save enough electricity. Set thermostats to a comfortable temperature during the times when the house is occupied but never forget to turn them off when you leave or at night when everyone is asleep.
  • If you have a fireplace, insulate the chimney during times when not in use.
  • Reduce the heat in rooms not in use and always close the doors of the divisions to prevent the heat does not dissipate into areas that are not being used.
  • If you have a furnace, replace filters once a month during the winter.
  • Minimize the use of ventilation equipment such as exhaust fans and air circulation during the cold season.
  • Install insulation tapes on doors and windows.
  • Isolate all areas where wires and/or studies are on the outside walls of the house.
  • Replace your single-glazed windows for double glazing.

Cooling:

  • During hot weather, open windows at night in order to let fresh air into the house. Close them during the day to prevent hot air to enter.
  • Close the curtains during the day especially at west of the house.
  • Use air conditioning only where strictly necessary and always opt-efficient models of energy.
  • Install a central air conditioning only and only if necessary.
  • Keep thermostats at 25 degrees in the house when the house is to be used and place them higher when nobody is home.
  • Change filters regularly on cooling systems.
  • Plant trees which make shade in the house in West and South sides.

Hot Water:

  • Repair immediately all sinks that are damaged and dribbling.
  • Install water-saving systems in the showers. These systems introduce air in the shower that save so much water.
  • Pay attention to programs of a washing machine and always use the minimum temperature required to wash your clothes. Always make complete machines.

Appliances:

  • Keep your refrigerator at a temperature of 3°C and the freezer at -15ºC.
  • for small meals, use the microwave.
  • Adjust flame on gas appliances so that the flame is blue and not yellow.
  • If possible, replace your water heater with a model that has an electric pilot instead of the pilot gas.
  • Use the dishwasher at night and always with a full load.
  • Let the dishes dry naturally at air.
  • Clean the filters of your appliances regularly.
  • Always choose appliances range A or A + for greater electricity savings.

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