February 27, 2020

Sustainable housing: how can you reduce your electricity consumption?

Improving energy efficiency has become a priority for every household. For the environment and the climate of course, but also because energy prices keep going up.

This means that every investment linked to electricity consumption becomes profitable more quickly. But there are other good practices apart from investments, which are sometimes very easy to put in place. Here are some examples.

Switch off your computer

Modern computers can be switched off and on again more than 40,000 times. They have been designed for that. It is therefore unfortunate that they remain among the highest consumers of energy in offices and households.

Set your computer to turn off its screen when not in use. A screen saver (no matter how pretty it is) serves no purpose other than to consume electricity.

Give up tungsten and halogen

Tungsten and halogen bulbs belong to a past where electricity was infinite and cheap. They have gradually been replaced by low-energy bulbs, low-energy halogens and now LEDs.

LED technology is obviously the most efficient and consumes up to eight times less electricity. Each bulb also lasts up to 25 times longer.

Unplug the vampires

Your house is probably infested with power suckers. Even when completely switched off, when plugged in every electrical device consumes a few dozen watts an hour for no reason. They sneakily absorb this energy without your knowledge, while pretending to be turned off.

You will save a substantial amount of energy by unplugging TVs, microwaves, printers, etc. To make your life easier, you can connect them to multi-socket adaptors with a switch. You turn them off all at once with a single click.

A+++ appliances are a must

It may sound obvious, but pay attention to the energy category when purchasing an electrical appliance.

For example, an A++ category fridge consumes 35% less than a simple A.

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