We pay less: 6 effective ways to save energy

Elec­tric­i­ty bills are con­stant­ly ris­ing, “bit­ing off” a decent part of the fam­i­ly bud­get. Nev­er­the­less, it is quite pos­si­ble to reduce the cost of pay­ing for elec­tric­i­ty. We have col­lect­ed the most effec­tive ways to save elec­tric­i­ty that will help reduce your month­ly bills.

 

All about saving energy

How to pay less
— Install solar pan­els
— Install motion sen­sors
— Install a mul­ti-tar­iff meter
— Install a heat exchang­er
— Replace light bulbs with ener­gy sav­ing ones
— Prop­er use of house­hold appli­ances
Lit­tle tricks

How to pay less for electricity

Every­one wants to reduce util­i­ty bills. But not every­one knows how to do it. We have col­lect­ed the sim­plest but most effec­tive ways to save mon­ey. We will ana­lyze how to save elec­tric­i­ty in an apart­ment and in a house.

1. Installation of lighting devices powered by solar panels

Very good deci­sion for illu­mi­na­tion of the house adjoin­ing or sea­son­al dacha ter­ri­to­ry. Each such lamp is equipped with a small pho­to­cell. In the day­time, it is charged, in the dark — it becomes a pow­er source for the lamp. More­over, charg­ing goes on even in cloudy weath­er. Three to four hours is enough to ful­ly charge the bat­tery. Light­ing equip­ment of this type is com­plete­ly autonomous. It does not need to be con­nect­ed to the mains. It saves mon­ey on wiring and instal­la­tion, which can also be con­sid­ered its plus.

2. Installation of motion sensors

An effec­tive way to save elec­tric­i­ty in a house where the local area is illu­mi­nat­ed. Light­ing is switched on/off by spe­cial sen­sors. They are designed in such a way that they react only to the appear­ance of a per­son. The appear­ance of ani­mals does not acti­vate them. The sen­sor is trig­gered when a per­son approach­es three meters. You can build a chain of sen­sors that will turn on the light when peo­ple move along the path or any oth­er object.

Pro­duce sim­i­lar sen­sors for apart­ments. They are mount­ed in rooms and util­i­ty rooms. The prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion is slight­ly dif­fer­ent, but the result is the same. Light­ing devices work only in the pres­ence of a per­son.

3. Installation of multi-tariff meters

There are two- and three-tar­iff equip­ment for sale. The first takes into account the con­sump­tion of elec­tric­i­ty in two time peri­ods, the lat­ter — in three. Accord­ing­ly, the price of ener­gy resources will be dif­fer­ent. Dur­ing peak hours it is high­er, at oth­er times it is low­er.

Such account­ing is very ben­e­fi­cial in the pres­ence of cer­tain elec­tri­cal appli­ances. For exam­ple, a dish­wash­er or wash­ing machine with a delayed start. Then they are loaded in the evening, and at night, at the “cheap­est” time, they turn on and per­form a work cycle. The same with elec­tric boil­ers, boil­ers, mul­ti­cook­ers or bread mak­ers. Prop­er use of equip­ment with high pow­er con­sump­tion at night helps to save up to 50% of ener­gy.

4. Installation of an additional heat accumulator

A good option for those who heat their homes with an elec­tric boil­er. A heat accu­mu­la­tor is installed in the heat­ing sys­tem. At night, when the tar­iff is at its low­est, the heat­ing is at full capac­i­ty. At this time, the bat­tery accu­mu­lates heat, and dur­ing the day it gives it to the rooms. Elec­tric­i­ty is not used dur­ing this time. The process is con­trolled by automa­tion, con­fig­ured to main­tain a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture in the house.

5. Installation of energy-saving light bulbs

Light­ing fix­tures use a lot of elec­tric­i­ty. Obso­lete incan­des­cent lamps con­sume a lot of ener­gy, but use it extreme­ly inef­fi­cient­ly. The best solu­tion is to replace them with ener­gy-sav­ing light bulbs.

There are sev­er­al options for such devices. All of them spend less than the usu­al incan­des­cent appli­ances. Thus, flu­o­res­cent lamps con­sume six times less ener­gy, and LED — eight. Their price, of course, is high­er, but it quick­ly pays off. They serve sev­er­al times longer than incan­des­cent lamps.

6. Proper use of household appliances

The most ener­gy-effi­cient equip­ment that uses mod­ern ener­gy-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies. It is eas­i­ly rec­og­niz­able by its ener­gy class A with sev­er­al plus­es. The more of them, the more eco­nom­i­cal the device. These are gen­er­al rec­om­men­da­tions. Let’s look at ways to save ener­gy for dif­fer­ent types of elec­tri­cal appli­ances.

Dishwasher and washing machine

Do not over­load equip­ment. Over­loaded equip­ment increas­es elec­tric­i­ty con­sump­tion. For con­tin­u­ous use, select cycles with min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures. The result will be no worse than that of high-tem­per­a­ture ones, and the ener­gy con­sump­tion is less.

electric heater

For addi­tion­al heat­ing, choose mod­els with a fan and a built-in ther­mo­stat. Install wall appli­ances togeth­er with ther­mal reflec­tors. These are plates with a mir­ror sur­face that pre­vent heat rays from escap­ing into the wall.

Television

Turn off the appli­ance after watch­ing TV pro­grams. It is con­ve­nient to use a timer for this. Posi­tion the TV so that no light falls on its screen. Then you can reduce the bright­ness of the mon­i­tor to save pow­er.

A computer

The PC con­sumes the most elec­tric­i­ty dur­ing online games and watch­ing HD movies. Try to lim­it the time for these activ­i­ties. A lap­top is more eco­nom­i­cal than a sta­tion­ary machine, it may be worth buy­ing it.

Iron

Buy mod­els with auto­mat­ic shut­down. It will not waste ener­gy resources if you for­got to turn it off, it is also safer. Iron things at the low­est tem­per­a­ture. Hang wet laun­dry so that it wrin­kles as lit­tle as pos­si­ble.

Air conditioner

Don’t try to cool the room too much in the sum­mer heat. Tem­per­a­tures of 17–18˚C and below in this case can be haz­ardous to health. In addi­tion, the ener­gy con­sump­tion of the air con­di­tion­er will increase sig­nif­i­cant­ly. It is bet­ter to main­tain 20–22˚С. It’s safe and eco­nom­i­cal.

Fridge

Its heat exchang­er must always be kept clean. Place the refrig­er­a­tor in the coolest place in the room — do not install it near heat sources. Pro­tect equip­ment from direct sun­light.

Microwave

Choose the right modes for pro­cess­ing prod­ucts. The most ener­gy-inten­sive of them is defrost­ing. Try to defrost food in a dif­fer­ent way to reduce ener­gy con­sump­tion.

Electric kettle

Pour in exact­ly the amount of water you need. A full elec­tric ket­tle heats up longer, con­sumes more ener­gy.

electric stove

Choose modes of min­i­mum pow­er. Cor­rect­ly select the diam­e­ters of the burn­er and dish­es: they must be the same. Do not for­get that the switched off burn­er cools down for a long time and con­tin­ues to heat. Use this heat for cook­ing.

Little tricks to save money

To cut down on ener­gy bills, it’s worth devel­op­ing a few very sim­ple habits for your­self and your house­hold.

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Dis­con­nect unused charg­ers from the mains.
  • Dust off all light bulbs reg­u­lar­ly.
  • Do not leave house­hold appli­ances in stand­by mode. It still uses elec­tric­i­ty. Buy devices that turn off auto­mat­i­cal­ly.
  • Clean win­dows and clear win­dow sills to keep the room light.
  • Before a long absence, for exam­ple, before going on vaca­tion, turn off house­hold appli­ances.

And the last tip. To make the house brighter, paste over the rooms with light wall­pa­per. They reflect light rays bet­ter than dark ones. The ceil­ing is also bet­ter to have light. This also helps save ener­gy.

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