Energy saving is becoming a serious issue. And the point is not entirely in people's self-awareness, but in the fact that utility tariffs are constantly rising. Everyone who receives an invoice at the end of the month asks the question: "how to save electricity"?
In this article, 20 simple tips are written, thanks to which you can significantly save electricity.
advice number 1
Unplug the outlets. Electrical appliances, even in standby mode, can consume electricity. So turn off all "red lights" and unplug all wires from the network.
advice number 2
Only buy energy-saving light bulbs. Despite being significantly more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they save 3-4 times electricity and last 10-12 times longer.
advice number 3
Turn off the lights. Although it is banal, make sure that the lamps and electrical appliances in the apartment do not work in vain (they forgot to turn off the lights in the hallway, the TV is on, but no one is watching).
There is a good way that can help with this issue. If a child lives with you (daughter, son, sister, nephew and so on), name them "electricity controller". If the child sees that one of the adult inhabitants of the apartment has not turned off the light, he will have to pay a fine. The effect is incredible - the family saves electricity, the child earns pocket money from inattentive relatives.
Shake the vacuum. The vacuum will work much more powerfully if there is no debris inside it. Cleaning will finish faster, so less energy is needed.
advice number 5
Wet clothes before washing. Dirt will quickly move away from your clothes and you won't need to wash it in the washing machine multiple times.
advice number 6
Defrost the fridge. A frozen fridge clogged with frozen ice will perform 15% worse.
advice number 7
Install a dual rate meter. The night rate is valid from 23: 00 to 07: 00. The price of electricity during this period is twice cheaper compared to the day. Conventional meters count all the energy used on a scale. Therefore, it is unclear how much was spent during the day and how much at night. To split usage into two different balances, you need to purchase a dual-rate meter. Consumers who use this claim that the money spent on installation pays off in 2-3 years.
To use this counter more efficiently, it is good to have a delayed start mode on the equipment. Now, this feature is not uncommon. There are many washing machines, multi-kitchens, bread machines. This technique can be programmed at night, and in the morning, hang up the washed clothes, have breakfast with pilaf and fresh cake. And the most pleasant thing is that the electricity used, for these benefits of civilization, will cost half of what it used to.
advice number 8
Use zone lighting. There is no need to turn on the light throughout the room, just light individual zones. For these purposes, you can use less powerful lamps than are usually placed in the main chandelier.
advice number 9
Choose clear wallpaper. Sunlight reflects in white. Therefore, in a white room it will always be lighter than in an apartment with a dark interior.
Cleanliness is the key not only to health, but also to the economy. A clean light bulb shines 15% brighter. And also don't forget that clean windows let the sunlight in better. So it's better to do the cleaning than to pay extra money for utilities.
Remove the kettle scale. A boiled kettle will take much longer to boil than a clean one. It makes sense to clean it. This is not difficult to do: pour a small amount of water into the kettle, throw in 15 grams of baking soda and boil. Pour in the water and repeat this procedure again, but with citric acid.
Remove the scale from the washing machine. Just like a kettle, a washing machine consumes a lot of electricity when limescale builds up on the water heating parts. The machine must be cleaned in the same way as in tip #11, the kettle, only you will have to take more citric acid - 5 sachets. Pour one into the drum itself, the rest where you pour the laundry detergent. Set the boil mode.
Citric acid can be substituted for acetic acid. Pour 50 ml into the machine and also run the water at 90 degrees. But keep in mind that acetic acid is more aggressive than citric acid. Vinegar descales the water more quickly, but it can damage the washing machine's rubber parts.
Replace wiring, sometimes increased power consumption is due to old wiring
Buy equipment, class A, AA, AAA. these are the most energy saving classes. This indicator is calculated according to the device's electricity consumption for the year for standard consumption. If, for example, a washing machine consumes 55% of the standard, then this is class A, up to 75% - class B, up to 95% - C, and so on.
Do not place the refrigerator close to the radiator or close to the wall. He will work hard.
Do not put hot food in the refrigerator. It will expend extra energy to cool the food.
Don't over-dry the clothes, moisten them with a spray bottle. Otherwise, the ironing time will increase significantly. Ironing slightly damp clothes much faster. As a result, less electricity is used.
Choose a laptop over a computer. On average, a laptop consumes 60 watts per hour, while a computer (system unit, monitor, speakers) consumes 220 watts. As you can see, laptops are much more economical.
Clean your computer from dust. As already mentioned above, all electrical appliances overflowing with dust, scale or dirt will work in enhanced mode. The computer is also no exception. Therefore, be sure to clean the system unit from dust in time. Also, if the system unit overheats too much, it may even deteriorate. By cleaning your computer in time, you will save yourself from an unexpected purchase.
Choose LCD monitors. LCD monitors consume 3 times less power than CRT monitors.
Use these tips and the electricity bills will pleasantly surprise you in the near future.