Save energy: These 9 tips will save your money

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The energy crisis is putting a lot of pressure on our wallets. These tips show you how to reduce your energy consumption.

It doesn’t take much to reduce your energy consumption. Many power guzzlers can be eliminated with just a few simple steps. And don’t worry: You don’t have to restrict your usage behaviour to any great extent. Although in times of crisis, it probably doesn’t hurt to consider whether you need two refrigerators and three loads of laundry a week. So what can you do to use less electricity?

  1. use distribution plugs
    To avoid charging cables or small electronic devices drawing power even when not in use, it is advisable to use a distribution plug with a switch. This way, all devices can be disconnected from the force with just one click. According to “Electricians and Electronics Technicians,” you should never plug in several distribution plugs in a row, i.e. connect them, as this could add up the power and easily overload them.
  2. Use electric kettle
    Instead of heating water in a pot on the stove, it is more advisable to use a kettle, according to “MyHomebook.” This saves time and money since the operation of the electric hotplate consumes much more electricity. Furthermore, it makes sense to heat only as much water as you need; you can also save the dumping of the residual water.
  3. Fully load dishwasher
    According to the electricity provider “Verbund,” it is worthwhile to use a dishwasher instead of hand washing. This one should make however full and operate best with an Eco program.
  4. refrigerator rules
    It is completely sufficient not to turn the refrigerator into an icebox. Even at seven degrees Celsius, food is sufficiently chilled to keep it fresh, as “Verbund” recommends. Perhaps this can be improved in the temperature setting. In addition, leave the refrigerator door open only as briefly as possible and only open it as often as necessary.
  5. reconsider lighting
    Leave the lights on when you’re hurrying to the grocery store. Please don’t. It’s best to turn off any light you don’t need immediately. Otherwise, the electricity meter keeps running, and those little sums add up quickly. So it’s better to adapt the lighting concept in your home – indirect lighting is trendy and cozy and saves costs. Does that mean you should turn off the lights every time you leave the room for a moment? Not quite. The energy expert at the consumer center, Martin Brandis, advises against constantly switching the light on and off. The following rule can be remembered: If you leave the room for longer than about three minutes, it makes sense to turn off the light. Otherwise, you should go the light on. This applies to conventional light bulbs, with which the energy consumption is higher in the first milliseconds after one turns the light on, so the expert opposite is “Utopia”. Switching from conventional light bulbs to energy-saving lamps or LED technology is also worthwhile and easy on the wallet. According to “Verbund,” LED lamps require up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs to achieve the same brightness. Opting for floor or table lamps instead of ceiling lights can be easy on the wallet if you pay attention to the type of light bulb you use because it primarily determines energy consumption. Energy expert Ben Gallizzi explains to “Metro” that small floor lamps usually have a lower wattage, which leads to lower power consumption. In addition, you should check if a halogen bulb is still used in the ceiling light instead of LED. According to an energy expert, ceiling lighting would cost four times more to operate compared to LED technology.
  6. Repair dripping faucet – As with every minute of new light, drops drip from a leaky faucet for no great reason add up. “Obi Magazine” advises fixing this as soon as possible to keep water bills to a minimum.
  7. Use clothes dryer only selectively. Of course, a clothes dryer is an absolute luxury that may make life a little more livable. But do you need it in high summer? Above 20 degrees Celsius, you can safely suspend the use of a clothes dryer and let the laundry dry outside.
  8. Turn off the water in between – Do you brush your teeth with the faucet running? Or do you shampoo your hair while the shower is on? Next time, turn it off and reduce water consumption so easily. This will certainly not diminish your quality of life.
  9. Take shorter showers – Yes, it doesn’t sound kind. However, it effectively reduces shower time, as “Obi Magazine” reveals. Most of the time, you just get lost in existential thoughts in the shower, forgetting that you were supposed to be washing. So take a more attentive shower next time and you’ll save money.
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