What are you doing to save energy

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We have an important influence on energy consumption through our behavior in our four walls. Every time we turn on the heating, turn on the kettle or watch a movie, electricity and energy are required. Since most of the electricity is still generated from fossil fuels such as coal and nuclear power plants, we contribute to the release of carbon dioxide with our electricity consumption. You can find out more about this in our article Renewable energies - climate-friendly and sustainable.

But there are a few things you can do to save energy:

1. Economical devices without a battery

Phones, razors and electric toothbrushes with direct mains connection consume significantly less electricity than cordless tools. The EU energy label gives you information about the efficiency of your devices when purchasing new ones!

2. Plug out

Stand-by operation can cost you a lot a year and it is estimated that two German nuclear power plants are only running to cover this actually unnecessary energy requirement. So best pull plug or Power strip with power switch buy, just one button is enough to switch off. It's worth pressing your computer's power-off button as well - the computer swallows 70 percent of the energy even when it is not being used at all.

3. Right refrigerator in the right place

If you need a new refrigerator, look out for the one Power consumption and the Energy labelIt should at least have A ++ or A +++. Ask yourself how big it really has to be and if you need a freezer. In turn, you can save electricity and money! Put the refrigerator on one cold place on and do not cool more than necessary. Four percent more electricity is used per degree. And when you go on vacation, treat your fridge to one too: defrost and switch off.

4. Cooking with gas

Compared to an electric stove, a gas stove only consumes about that Half of primary energy. The gas generates heat directly, while the electricity is only obtained from other energy sources at great expense. If you take the German electricity mix as a basis, around half as much CO2 is released when cooking with gas. You can find out more about gas in the article Climate-friendly cooking and heating with biogas.

5. Heating down, door closed

Before winter begins vent the heaters - pure energy guzzlers. It is worth setting the temperature for each room individually, because every degree less saves around six percent heating energy. The standard values ​​are: bedroom 16º to 18º, kitchen 18º to 20º, children's room 20º, living room 20º to 22º, bathroom 23º. And if you ventilate, then do it properly: better Burst ventilation as the windows tilt.

6. Lights off

The number one rule of thumb, of course, is to turn off all unnecessary lights. Why, for example, illuminate rooms where nobody is?

Energy saving lamps Compared to incandescent lamps, they not only save 70 percent electricity and operating costs, but also 80 percent CO2 during manufacture. However, they are also not in the best light compared to conventional light bulbs. They contain toxic mercury and are therefore hazardous waste. An alternative is therefore the Led lamp. It is more expensive to buy, but this soon pays off due to the low energy consumption - in comparison, 85 percent energy is saved here. You can read more advantages and disadvantages in our article What now - energy-saving lamp or LED read up.

7. Small kitchen helpers

You don't have to use the stove for everything. Kettles, egg boilers and coffee machines consume around 40 percent less energy than an electric hotplate. When using the kettle, be careful not to fill it with more water than necessary, otherwise the energy requirement and CO2 emissions will increase unnecessarily. With regard to the ecological balance, you should avoid espresso machines that use pads made of aluminum, which is energy-intensive and polluting to manufacture.

8. Goodbye plastic bags

For the production of plastic bags and packaging, just like their disposal, energy is required and CO2 is emitted. Take a bag or one Bags from home and prefer to buy products that are not triple-wrapped. If there is no other way, use the bag several times and then pay attention to the right recycling! You can find more alternatives to plastic in our article Tired of the plastic mania? There is another way.

9. Wash sparingly

Normally, a pre-wash is not necessary. You can safely wash with an economy program. Do you also lower the washing temperature from 60º to 30º, only a third of the electricity is consumed. And of course it is always better to wait until the machine is full before washing. You can find tips on environmentally friendly washing with sustainable cleaning agents in the article Clean and Green.

10. Reduce water consumption

With one Money shower head you can use up to half less water without even noticing anything. Which not only reduces water but also energy costs. A Economy cistern helps you to reduce the water consumption per wash cycle from 9 to 6 liters. If you use the economy button, it is even reduced to 3 liters. Washing hands with cold water and turning off the tap while cleaning have become water-saving classics. You can find out more about indirect water consumption in our article on Water footprint.

11. Switch to green electricity

Little effort, big result: By switching to one Green electricity provider an average three-person household with a consumption of 2,900 kWh avoids around 820 kg of CO2 per year. The change is uncomplicated and free of charge and the tariffs are now often even cheaper than those of conventional providers. Switch to 100% green electricity now!

12. Saving energy with digital helpers

How do you know how much you can save if you don't know your own energy consumption? Fortunately, there are now a large number of tools, apps and websites that show you your consumption and / or control it digitally.

  • The device Amphiro shows your water and energy consumption directly under the shower. In this way you can determine your energy needs and develop an awareness of them.
  • With the help of software solutions from Green pocket, which visualize your consumption data clearly and transparently, you can improve your environmental balance and reduce your energy costs.
  • Do you need a new refrigerator? The app Ecogator advises you on buying energy-saving devices. With the energy label scanner, electricity costs and electricity consumption of different products can be compared directly in the store.
  • The heating app from Tadoº In conjunction with a smart thermostat, it recognizes where you are and controls the heating temperature according to the time of day and solar radiation.

In our article Smart metering - the future of energy saving you will find out everything about the background of intelligent energy supply.

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Last updated in August 2018 (RESET editorial team)