The confederation has recently launched several calls to save energy. According to them, if we voluntarily reduce our consumption at home, at work or leisure time, we will be able to avoid the blackout. Here are some tips on how to do this.
1. Unplug electrical appliances when not in use
Plugged-in appliances continue to consume even when not in use. Remember to unplug your devices such as your computer, wifi router and your phone chargers which also consume power when the phone is not plugged in. Even your computer’s sleep mode is energy consuming. If you do not want to unplug everything, get a power strip with a switch. You can also use programmable sockets to control when you want them to turn on or off.
2. Set your heating properly
To save on heating, make sur your heating is set correctly. It is recommended not to heat living rooms above 20°C and bedrooms to a maximum of 18°C.
To ensure that the radiator heats the room properly, avoid placing objects in front of it. This will allow the heat to circulate properly. Caution: to avoid over-consumption of energy, do not use electric heaters, even if it is cold in your accommodation, it is extremely energy consuming! In case of big cold, wear your warmest jumper.
3. Open the blinds during the day and close them at night
To keep your home at a comfortable temperature, a good management of your blinds is essential. During the day, open them to let in the warmth of the sun. In the evening, after dark, close them to maintain this warmth.
When you ventilate a room for a long time, remember to turn off the heating so as not to heat the room for nothing.
4. Use LED bulbs
Standard lightbulbs consume a lot of electricity. To save energy, use LED bulbs in your home. Also, remember to turn off the lights when you are not in the room.
5. Limit you hot water consumption
Choose showers over baths. When you wash your hands, use cold water. For the dish, use your dishwasher with the economy program and do not rinse your dish with hot water.
6. Avoid using your dryer
The dryer and the iron consume a lot of energy, so avoid using them. Ideally, air-dry your clothes. If you still need to use your tumble dryer, use the “ready to iron”, programme and make sure it has been properly wrung out.
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