Name different things you are always looking for at home.
The remote control, the bathroom in the middle of the night, the mobile phone, the wallet, the car keys. Yes, that too, but above all, what we never manage to find is: a free socket.
Nowadays books are electronic, blankets are also electric, even the toothbrush has to be plugged in, everything needs power. Our electricity bill keeps going up and up, as our entire household is totally dependent on electricity. That's why we bring you six tips on how to save on your electricity bill and, at the same time, make a more conscious consumption in your day-to-day life.
Insulate your home
The first tip is very simple: if we want energy consumption to be more efficient, we must keep the heat or cold inside the house, while at the same time keeping the outside heat or cold out.
Yes, that's easy to say, but doing it is a different matter. Fortunately, we have professionals who are dedicated to thermal insulation, and European aid for its installation.
At the domestic level, we can also look for air leaks in the house and try to fix them. A bit of DIY never hurts.
Energy-saving light bulbs
This is one of the easiest tips to do: change all the light bulbs in your home. Halogen lights consume up to 10 times more electricity than LED or energy-saving bulbs. Their price is considerably higher, but their lifespan is infinitely longer, so it's worth investing in them.
Take short showers
Yes, we know, we too love to stand under the warm water in winter. But we also know that 7 minutes or so is more than enough time for a complete wash. Staying in the shower for an average of 20 minutes every day can add hundreds of euros a year to your bill, so that's something to think about.
You can time your showers with a stopwatch, or turn off the water while you soap up, or you can also try using slightly colder water, so you're sure to get out sooner.
Turn off the lights
Yes, it seems obvious and really, it is. The lights in your home account for more than 20% of your energy bill. Turn off the lights when you leave a room and only turn on the necessary ones. We don't want to live in the dark, but we don't need our house to look like a football stadium either, less is more.
Wash clothes in cold water
Almost 12% of our bill is for the washing machine. It is one of the most energy-consuming household appliances and this is mainly due to the fact that it has to heat the water to high temperatures.
Nowadays, cold washing is an ideal solution. There are many special detergents that are powerful enough to remove dirt cold. In addition, the quality of the fabrics and colours will last much longer.
How many washing machines do you run in a week? That's a lot of money in electricity, use cold water.
Get the right electricity tariff to suit your needs
Electricity consumption is not the same in all households, neither how much nor when it is needed. One family may need to use electricity in the mornings and evenings, while other families may only need to use electricity when they come home from work in the evening. For this reason, there are fixed tariffs and many variable tariffs.
Choosing which one is best for you can save you a lot of money each month on your bill.
And finally, the simplest tip of all: unplug. Try not to depend on all the gadgets that make our lives more comfortable, but also keep us hopelessly hooked!