- Reduce your electricity consumption and save money-

Every case is different but the chart below can give you an idea on where the average household use the most of the electricity.

If your aim is to save electricity and save money on your electricity bill, have a look to the advice we are sharing below.

How to save electricity at home

Before going ahead, we really recommend to first have a look to the Effiworkx YouTube channel videos. 

On those videos we explain concepts that you need to know if you really want to find out how to reduce your electricity consumption.

1 - Energy efficient LED light bulbs

Switching to energy efficient bulbs it is most probably one of the easiest and quickest way to reduce the electricity consumption.

LEDS are by far the most efficient type of bulbs and swapping from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs it is the most cost efficient solution, even after taking in consideration that the LED bulbs are more expensive than the incandescent bulbs.

Energy efficient bulbs

* 12,500 hours

** 0,17 euro per kWh

– Calculate your bulbs electricity and cost consumption –

 

2 - Eliminate all the standby mode power consumption

Some devices continue to use power even if they are not being used actively, while they are in standby mode. Those devices that use electricity while they are not being used they are called phantom loads or vampire loads

And there it is the problem, we are wasting valuable electricity and money without knowing about it. This is why it is so important that we get to know what the standby power consumption is.

Standby power consumption at home

– Calculate how much electricity is consumed by a device or appliance in standby mode –

If you need to know how to measure the power consumption, have first a look to this post

 

If you want to reduce or eliminate the standby power consumption, consider the following options:

  1. Switch your devices off while they are not in use
  2. If your appliance or device has an ECO function, make sure that it is enabled
  3. Use a power strip to power off several standby devices with the flick of a single switch
  4. Use a smart power strip to measure and control the standby loads
  5. Use a visually friendly smart socket to avoid unnecessary standby times

3 - Energy efficient appliances

Fridge, dishwasher, tumble driers, electric ovens… are some of the home appliances that use the most of the energy. This is why one of the most common piece of advice when it comes to saving energy it is to replace old and power hungry appliances for newer and more efficient ones.

But you need to very very careful, you must be sure that the cost of buying that new appliance it is not higher than the energy savings it will bring.

Appliance payback period

Have a look to the table below where we compare the costs of buying and running over time two Energy Star rated fridges.

Fridge electricity usage

* 0,17 euro per kWh

– Calculate if it is really worth to buy a more energy efficient appliance –

 

4 - Tumble dryer balls

Tumble dryer balls are an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener and they come in two variants, wool and rubber.

Dryer balls

The theory behind the dryer balls is that they accelerate the drying process because the balls prevent the laundry from sticking together so the warm air can circulate more easily. Also, the dryer balls have additional benefits like softening the fabric and preventing static.

Tumble dryers will no work efficiently if they are packed because without room for the air to circulate, it will take a very long time for the load to dry. So, having into account this advice and by just adding dryer balls to the load, it may be possible to reduce the drying time up to 20%. This means a potential electricity consumption of also a 20%.

Tumble dryer electricity usage
 

5 - Decrease your hot water consumption

Heating water uses a significant amount of electricity. Still, it is possible to enjoy a nice hot shower without unnecessarily wasting hot water. 

Also, it is possible to have nice hot water to wash our hands, face or teeth without having too use tens of liters per minute.

Just install a very inexpensive water saving tap aerator or decrease your shower water flow by installing an also very inexpensive flow reduction valve. 

Decrease hot water consumption

6 - Prevent heat losses

No house it is 100% efficient and one way or another some of the heat will be wasted through the roof, through the walls,…

Still, we should keep an eye on unnecessary sources of heat losses and prevent them when possible. It may be enough with adding some insulation to our wall heaters or covering our old windows with some inexpensive window film.

There are many possibilities to reduce our electricity consumption by decreasing our heating consumption without having to spend large amounts of money.

Prevent heat losses at home

7 - Use your appliances efficiently

Nowadays it is not that expensive to buy energy efficient appliances, like dishwashers or washing machines, that use much less electricity than older appliances. Still, it is proven that for getting the most from our energy efficient appliances we must use them correctly.

We have put our own home appliances to the test and compared the results between using an standard program or the ‘ Eco’ program. Out of our tests, we have noticed than we use the ‘Eco’ programs the cycles take much longer, well over three hours, but we are saving both in electricity and water.

Washing machine ECO function button
Dishwasher cycles Settings

Now, the question here is if it is worth to wait for over three hours for the dishwasher or the washing machine to finish one single cycle?

Well, it depends on the perspective. Even if you only use once your dishwasher and washing machine per week you will still be saving electricity. Maybe it is only 10 cents per cycle but if we multiply those 10 cents per hundreds of cycles per year, then we are already speaking about savings worth to consider.

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