17 Tips To Lower Your Electricity Bills.

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We can and should seize upon the energy crisis as a good excuse and a great opportunity for making some very fundamental changes that we should be making anyhow for other reasons.

Have your electricity bills skyrocketed lately due to the crisis? Unfortunately, this is the case for many households around the world. However, I have some good news for you. Even if electricity is getting more and more expensive, saving this energy is much easier than it seems! Do you know why? Because we all have a lot of bad habits that have a direct impact on our bills.

Appliances on standby, phones that charge all night long, heating used incorrectly… all of this cost us money. By changing some of these practices, we can greatly reduce the cost of the bill. In any case, these gestures will save you money!

So check out 17 bad habits that are blowing up your electricity bills. Watch:

1. Leaving the sink mixer on hot water

When you turn on the hot water tap, it always takes a while to come on. As a result, you’re already done washing your hands before the hot water kicks in. So, explain to me what is the point of turning on the boiler under these conditions. Apart from spending on electricity, I don’t know… Always position the mixing valve on the cold water side. This prevents the boiler from turning on for nothing or from using the hot water tank.

2. Washing clothes at 60 degrees or more

Don’t think that washing your clothes at 60 degrees makes them much cleaner! In fact, there is almost no difference with lower temperatures. In fact, today’s detergents do the job perfectly at 30 or 40°C. Washing clothes at these temperatures saves on electricity consumption and therefore on your bill. This is particularly true if you have a large family. Don’t forget that washing clothes at high temperatures wear out the material enormously. As a result, clothes wear out faster and you have to buy new ones more often.

3. Not airing out your home

What does airing your home have to do with saving electricity? Let me explain. When your house is not ventilated, the air in the rooms is less healthy and especially full of humidity. Consequence? In a humid room, it takes longer to heat it! We are obliged to put the heating on longer and harder, which obviously costs more. To avoid this phenomenon, air your rooms for at least 10 minutes every day. Just don’t forget to turn off the heating while the windows are open.

4. Turn up the heat when you get home

When you come home and it’s cold, do you turn the heat up to warm up quickly? And instead of turning off the heat when you go out, you leave it on? Well, there is nothing worse than these two bad habits! They make your electricity consumption explode! In the first case, your heating system is working too hard to raise the temperature quickly. In the 2nd case, you heat an empty house… The solution? Well, invest in a simple programmable room thermostat. It raises the temperature before your arrival and lowers the heat when you are away. You should know that there are also smart thermostats. They allow you to save energy by adapting to your lifestyle. For example, this type of thermostat detects if there is no one at home and adjusts the heating accordingly. The same is true if a window is open. An alert is sent to you via an app on your smartphone to tell you to turn down the heat.

5. Overheating the rooms in the house

Heating an apartment or a house, especially in winter, is expensive, very expensive. So let’s make sure we do it intelligently by adapting the temperature to the room. For example, there is no point in putting excessive heat in the bedrooms. It is very bad for your sleep. A temperature of 17 degrees is also recommended for better sleep. As for the living room, a temperature of 19 degrees is sufficient. Adapting your rooms to these temperatures will save you a lot of money!

6. Use your washing machine during off-peak hours

Washing machine, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, iron… If possible, run these energy-consuming appliances during what is known as off-peak hours. Do you know what that is? These are time slots where the cost per kWh is much cheaper! To apply this system, the best is to call directly your supplier and see what is possible.

7. Leaving devices on standby

This is without a doubt one of the most common bad habits. Let’s face it. We leave most devices on standby because we never take the time to turn them off one by one. However, there is a very simple way to avoid headaches. Simply invest in a power strip with a switch! For example, plug all the wires that work with the TV into the power strip. With a simple click on the switch at night before going to bed, everything is turned off. We explain it all in this tip. Be careful to unplug these 14 devices that consume the most electricity while on standby.

8. Leave chargers connected

Another classic bad habit in terms of electricity consumption. Leaving your phone, laptop or other chargers plugged in all the time. And yes, even if your phone is no longer at the end of the plug, the charger continues to consume energy! So once the phone is charged, remember to unplug it or press the button on the power strip. The same goes for other mobile devices (tablet, laptop, mac…).

9. Leave the phone plugged in overnight

For those of you who charge your phone right before you go to sleep, raise your hand. That’s what I thought! Well, I’d like to inform you that this is another bad habit… In fact, it is better to charge our cell phones when we come back from work or in the morning before leaving. Do you know why? Because even if the phone is charged, it still consumes electricity.

10. Leave the box on all the time

If there is one device that we never think of unplugging, it is our Internet box. And yet, it costs you at least 30$ per year in electricity consumption! That’s 1 month’s fee. To save this amount, you have several solutions: – Either you connect it to our famous multi-socket to cut off the power supply when you don’t use it. – Or you can program it to turn off at specific times (depending on the model). – Or you can connect it to a timer plug like this one.

11. Leave the shutters open

I’ll give you a pretty amazing statistic. Closing the shutters can reduce heat loss in your home by almost 15%! In fact, this simple habit allows you to better conserve heat in winter and cool in summer. This reduces the need for heating, but also for air conditioning. So when night comes, close the shutters; it’s safer and it saves money. I would even say that as soon as you are away or even during the day, don’t hesitate to close them.

12. Leave the bulbs full of dust

When cleaning, we rarely remove the dust that settles on the bulbs. Well, that’s a mistake! Because a dirty and dusty bulb gives less light. We are obliged to light other points of light to be well lit which by definition costs more. So from now on, when you do your housework, remember to clean them. A simple wipe with a cloth is more than enough.

13. Do not dust radiators

In the same spirit as for light bulbs, dusting your radiators allows you to consume less heat. And yes, if your radiator is dirty and dusty, it diffuses heat less well. A good vacuum will get rid of this dust. At worst, once a year, disassemble the radiator and remove all the dust behind it. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find…

14. Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher

The dirtier the dishes, the more efficient the dishwasher. This is because the dishwasher tablets can cling better and therefore clean better. Rinsing the dishes before putting them in the machine is therefore useless. It wastes liters of water, electricity, and time.

15. Let the water boil without a lid

This is a simple and easy trick to implement. Always put a lid on the pot when boiling water. That way, the water comes to a boil much faster, which saves on gas or electricity. Also, if you don’t know how to boil water quickly, check out this tip.

16. Do not change your light bulbs

Old incandescent bulbs consume much more energy than new technology bulbs like LEDs. So if you haven’t already done so, buy this type of bulb and replace the old ones. It is estimated that lighting represents around 10% of the overall electricity bill! So it’s not to be taken lightly. And while we’re on the subject of lighting, make sure you don’t leave the lights on when you’re not there.

17. Forgetting to defrost the freezer

Freezers, especially older ones, have an annoying tendency to create a lot of frosts. After a few months, this compartment is sometimes even filled with it. This is not good for your appliance (it wears it out) and especially not good for your electricity bill. Because of the frost, the freezer needs more energy to produce cold. To avoid this phenomenon, simply apply this very simple and effective tip.

 

 

 

 

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