Save energy with a handful of practical tips
Saving electricity starts first in the head. Anyone who overcomes his inner bastard and follows these five advices will be rewarded with the next bill at the latest.
Tip 1: Stand-by mode
Stand-by costs are at the top of the list when it comes to unnecessary spending. The Association of Electrical Engineering (VDE) calculated in his study "Efficiency and savings of electrical energy" that a device may consume more power in standby mode during its lifetime than in active use. If it is too annoying not only to switch off your TV or computer, but also to pull the plug, there are also smart home headers that can be individually programmed.
Tip 2: The right lighting
LEDs are the modern alternative to energy-saving lamps and can even be found in the supermarket. Although the initial cost of conventional light bulbs clearly exceed, but for them in terms of efficiency and endurance, no one before: Up to 95 percent energy can be saved in comparison to the outdated bulb. Energy-saving lamps only manage 70 percent. At the same time, LEDs surpass five times the life of up to 50,000 hours - so they could shine for almost six years. In addition, LEDs are environmentally friendly because they contain no mercury.
Tip # 3: Purchase new appliances
Washer, fridge or stove - old kitchen appliances consume significantly more power. The cost of a new purchase can therefore be worthwhile. For example, anyone who owns a 14-year-old refrigerator must expect to consume around 400 kilowatt hours per year. New models are about 130 kilowatt hours. The average saving would be 60 euros per year. To keep consumers in the picture, manufacturers today have an obligation to show energy efficiency on new devices. The rating ranges from A to G - with the most efficient class A dividing again into A +, A ++ and A +++.
Tip 4: Saving energy in everyday life
Flushing by hand is not necessarily economical. Most of the time, more energy is lost than with a new dishwasher. And even with the use of washing machines there are still mistakes. Here is: less is more. The laundry does not need a lot of space to get clean, and no cuddle temperature: A well-filled 30-degree laundry in the normal program saves much more energy than two 60-degree washes in the austerity program. When cooking, smaller quantities should be heated in the microwave because no energy is lost during heat transfer. And for tea and coffee, the kettle saves significantly more energy than the kettle on the stove.
Tip 5: Replace the heat pump
If you do not know what to do with energy savings, then the heat pump is definitely a good choice. In Germany, according to VDE, there are still some 30 million old heating pumps. They consume as much as rail transport of Deutsche Bahn and public transport together! Newer heating pumps save between 50 and 80 percent energy. An exchange is worthwhile - says the consumer center North Rhine-Westphalia.
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