To ensure that all energy-saving measures are reflected in the electricity bill, it is advisable to compare prices regularly. With more than 1,000 electricity suppliers, the choice is vast and the price war benefits consumers. However, many people respect the change because they fear it will involve a massive effort. But this is no longer the case. A non-binding comparison of electricity tariffs from reputable suppliers can now be conveniently made on free Internet portals. If it turns out that there are cheaper electricity suppliers, the switch can be made directly online. Price-conscious electricity consumers should carry out a comparison once a year and switch suppliers if necessary. In the ideal case, this way one can benefit from interesting discounts for new customers.
SAVE ELECTRICITY BY SIMMERING AND BAKING
Many households waste energy unnecessarily when cooking. It starts with using the wrong cooking utensils. Often, pots or pans that are too small end up on hotplates that are too large. A lot of electricity is lost in the process. For economical use, the cooking vessels should always be optimally adapted to the hotplates. It is also advisable to close the lid to prevent the heat from escaping. Small quantities of cooking water, up to five liters, should be heated with the kettle. This not only saves up to 50% of energy, but also saves time. The only exception is the induction stove. It brings water to a boil in seconds. Even a kettle can’t keep up with that pace. The residual heat can be used to cook pizza, bread or pastries. Just reach the desired result a few minutes before the end of the cooking time without any power. Households can also often do without this expensive preheating.
TIPS ON LIGHTING
Lighting in the home accounts for a large part of the electricity bill. Artificial light is essential, especially in winter when daylight is available only a few hours a day. The most efficient light source today is LED. The potential for savings has already been mentioned in the guide to converting to LED lamps.
Because of its advantages, the switch to LED is recommended despite the sometimes higher acquisition costs.
TIPS ON COMPUTERS, HOME THEATER AND MORE
The fact that standby mode should be avoided and the best energy efficiency class should be considered when purchasing new appliances is nothing new for energy savers. However, there are other ways to reduce electricity consumption. Other tips at a glance:
Master-slave power strips: puts all connected devices in a shutdown state (not standby!) as soon as the master device (e.g., a computer or TV) is turned off. Models with lightning protection would be recommended.
Avoid screen savers: screen savers save energy compared to traditional computer monitor use, but it’s even cheaper if the output device is completely turned off when not in use.
Refrigerators: A refrigerator must cool the contents to 7°C. A lower temperature results in unnecessary energy costs. The same applies to refrigerators with a built-in freezer compartment. If you have a separate freezer, you should choose a refrigerator without a freezer compartment, otherwise electricity costs will increase by a third. Refrigerators should generally be installed away from heat sources. It doesn’t matter if they are exposed to sunlight, radiators or other electrical appliances that generate heat.
REDUCE HEATING COSTS
Heating costs can be a major drain on household budgets. In order to curb consumption in this area as well, it is advisable to take a critical look at heating behavior. On the one hand, it is often a mistake to turn off all the heaters when you are away. Consumers assume that this saves energy. But this is a mistake, because consumption increases as the rooms cool down for several hours and the radiators have to be turned on after work to bring the living room back to temperature. It would be more economical to leave the heating on during absences, but to turn it down. If the basic heat is retained, it is ultimately cheaper.
On the other hand, in many places there is too much heating and the temperature in the living rooms and other places is too high. While in the bedroom, for example, the temperature should not exceed 19 ° C, 21 ° C in the living rooms is quite sufficient. In order to ensure that sufficient oxygen remains in the living rooms, even in winter, it is essential to air the rooms several times a day for five to ten minutes. Radiators should be turned off completely. Slanted windows are not recommended at all because the air supply is minimal. For sealing windows and doors, draught excluders and self-adhesive sealing materials are commercially available.