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These 21 tips will save you electricity – and money

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These 21 tips will save you electricity – and money

Due to the impending energy crisis, we are asked to save electricity. This also helps the environment and is easy on our wallets. Our tips for the whole household show how this works.

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We are quite spoiled: Electricity flows naturally from the socket, our household appliances run at full speed at the touch of a button, and we always have enough light and are comfortably warm. But for the coming winter, the energy situation threatens to not be as comfortable as we are used to. There could be bottlenecks, which is why we are asked to save electricity.

This is also what the Federal Council’s appeal wants: Under the motto “Energy is scarce. Let’s not waste them », he wants to motivate us to be more economical. And if our efforts are not enough to avert the shortage, the government could pull the plug on us with restrictions or even bans – at least in part. In other words: everyone is asked to make a contribution.

The good thing about it: Saving electricity is not magic. It can be done in all areas of the household with very simple tricks. In doing so, we not only contribute to improving the current and future energy situation, but we are generally sustainable and can only see our commitment from the lower electricity bill. Here are 21 quick tips!

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6 tips for heating

  • Energy can dissipate even when the windows are closed. Namely when they are not sufficiently sealed. To test this, it helps to hold a candle close to the window. If the flame flickers, this is a sign of a draft. This can be remedied by seals with which you can easily reinforce or replace existing rubber seals. If you want to be on the safe side, use thermal image analysis, which completely reveals leaks in the house.
  • Do not overheat the apartment. Means: set the room temperature to a maximum of 20 degrees (recommendation of the Federal Council), in the bedroom even 18 degrees is considered ideal. It can be a bit warmer in the children’s room.
  • If you are not working from home: Turn down the temperature when you leave the apartment.
  • Make sure that radiators or other heating elements are not behind a piece of furniture or covered by curtains, otherwise they cannot give off the heat unhindered.
  • Close roller shutters and window shutters consistently in the evening. This helps to avoid heat loss.
  • Beware of incorrect ventilation: Leaving the bottom-hung window open all the time wastes a lot of energy. It is better to air the room properly several times a day for five to ten minutes with the windows wide open.

8 light tips

  • Pay attention to the type of interior light: LED lamps, for example, use a lot less energy – namely up to 10 times. In addition, their service life is 25 times longer. When buying, you should consider that LED bulbs are much brighter. A conventional 40-watt bulb corresponds to a 4-watt LED light source. You should also pay attention to the different versions – it is best to get advice in your Do it + Garden branch or online. Converting from conventional light sources to LED is usually not a problem.
  • The simplest but very effective rule: turn off the light when you leave a room. The same also applies to LED lights.
  • Choose dimmable lamps or lights: Full brightness or full energy output is not always necessary.
  • Let in as much outside light as possible during the day. It can help to open the curtains and pull the blinds all the way up instead of just tilting the slats out of convenience.
  • In large rooms, it is better to use several smaller light sources instead of one large one. This makes for a more pleasant atmosphere.
  • Dust lamps and lights regularly.
  • Light walls also help. They reflect the rays of light and have the effect that less bright light is needed.

6 general tips

  • Switch off the TV completely after the Netflix evening – the easiest way is with a power strip. If electronic devices remain on stand-by, they use ten percent more electricity.
  • The same applies to the computer in the home office. Even if the “temptation” (or the pressure) is great to quickly reply to an e-mail again after the meal. Better to call it a day and switch off the computer completely.
  • On the subject of charging a cell phone: Do not charge the smartphone for an unnecessarily long time and pull the battery out of the plug when not in use, because: Even if no smartphone is charging, current is drawn (leakage current).
  • When washing, prefer eco mode and low temperatures (30 or 40 degrees are sufficient in most cases). Nevertheless, make sure to wash at least 60 degrees in normal mode from time to time. This prevents the formation of germs in the machine.
  • A power guzzler is the tumbler. Always make sure that it is really well filled, so you use it less often in the long run.
  • If you have the possibility to hang up the laundry, this should be preferred to the tumble dryer.

Additional tip: bridge energy

What to do to be prepared for an emergency? So-called generators are used here, which can supply electricity for most household appliances for a certain period of time. The Eco Flow is particularly recommended here: The smart device uses a solar panel to generate electricity and can be a lifesaver in an energy emergency – even when you are out and about. The storage capacity of the generator varies depending on the power of the solar panel. Of the EcoFlow Power Station Delta Max 1600 For example, it supplies electricity for 2 kilowatt hours – with this, two machines can wash laundry, use a refrigerator for four days (300 liters) or vacuum for two hours. Another advantage is the short charging time: Most devices charge the battery up to 80 percent within a good hour – this can be done not only with the solar panels but also with a regular socket. The videos for the individual devices provide more information.

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