Do you know how to save energy at home?
A high-performance boiler and a solar energy installation, either to heat water or for heating, are both good methods to save energy in your house.
Here are some more to consider:
– Cooking: Do not make a barbecue to entertain your friends. It is better that you use a solar oven. The fuel is free, and it is also more ecologically friendly.
– Laundry: Use a bithermal washing machine. Bithermal washing machines do not use electricity to heat the water. Instead of an electrical resistance, they have two water inlets; one is for cold water and the other is for hot water that comes from the household’s water system. Heating water by an electrical resistance is a very expensive procedure. Using the water that has been previously heated by the boiler means that the bithermal washing machine can consume one-tenth of the energy of a conventional washing machine. If, in addition, you are using solar energy to heat the water in your house, the savings will be even greater.
– Lighting: Use high-efficiency bulbs and lighting by LEDs if you want to save; avoid using halogen lighting since it is the least efficient way to provide light.
– Hot water: Diffusers are small devices that are attached to the tap and mix the water with air so that the jet comes out with the same pressure but with much less water, with consequent savings for both your energy bills and for the environment.
– Water recycling: Something that may seem coarse, but is efficient, is to fill a bucket with the first litres of cold water that come out when we go to shower and reuse them in the toilet or to water plants.
– Hot water boiler: If you have to change your old boiler, consider a new high-performance boiler installation which will provide significant savings on hot water and heating. Also, consider installing a heat pump in your home. It is an extremely efficient device for heating. An average heat pump can use up to four times less energy than a traditional boiler, and in addition, it can also cool if you buy a reversible version.
– Appliances: When using stand-by for TV and other household appliances, as well as electrical appliances that have a transformer, for example, mobile phone chargers, they still consume electricity. If you want to save energy, switch appliances off, and unplug the charger from the mobile when it is charged.
– Emergencies: Instead of candles, you can have a magnetic flashlight at home in case of a blackout. The magnetic flashlight does not need batteries. Its light does not last long before it is discharged, but for an emergency, it is enough. It is recharged by shaking it with force.
– Heat retention: Install double glazed windows and good insulation. It is an investment that will ensure savings in heating and air conditioning costs.