Housing costs have risen significantly in recent years, especially with the increase in energy prices. Most of the energy used in households goes to heating rooms and hot water. In what ways can both housing associations and residents save energy if tendering the electricity contract does not help.
Different forms of housing have different opportunities to influence energy saving. In single-family houses and townhouses, it is easier to adjust, for example, the heating of living spaces and water. Even though a person living in an apartment building may not be able to influence the energy consumption in the premises of the housing association, he can still save electricity in his own apartment.
Shorten shower time. Avoid running water unnecessarily and adjust the power and temperature of the shower to a lower level. If necessary, replace faucets and shower heads with water-saving models. Lower the temperature of the underfloor heating if it is a so-called electric comfort floor heating, for example in the bathroom. Take advantage of the possible floor heating timer. Keep the bathroom door closed so that the heat does not escape to other rooms.
Sauna less often the one-time heating electric stove is by far the single electrical appliance in the home that consumes the most energy. Wood heating can reduce the amount of heating energy purchased. If properly used, a suitably sized reserve fireplace can provide more than a third of the entire heating requirement. Use only dry wood. Lower the temperature of the actual heating system before lighting a fire in the fireplace or oven. Make sure that the air heat pump does not have the automatic cooling function on. Open the doors to all rooms so that the heat spreads evenly throughout the apartment. Remember the sniffles!
Machine wash full loads. Choose an Eco program and lower temperatures if possible. Only wash textiles when they are really dirty. Air out the clothes and extend the washing intervals. Follow the washing temperature recommendations marked on the textiles. Consider when you use the dryer. Newer dryers are more energy efficient, but old ones can consume a lot of electricity. When you get a new washing machine or dryer, choose a device that saves electricity and water. Compare the energy labels of the devices.
Find out when electricity is cheapest and avoid consumption peaks, especially if you have a stock exchange electricity contract. You can follow the price of electricity, for example, on the website of the energy company or in the phone application. Consider an energy renovation. Installing air source heat pumps and solar panels, adding insulation on the top floor or changing windows can help reduce energy consumption.