Rising Energy Prices Prompt Households to Save on Heating Costs: Effective Strategies

In the face of soaring energy prices, a recent survey conducted by Epet reveals that eight out of ten individuals took active steps to reduce their energy consumption during the previous heating season. The company reports that many are committed to continuing these energy-saving practices in the current year. As households grapple with the financial impact of increased energy costs, it becomes essential to explore practical strategies for optimizing energy usage and minimizing expenses.

One of the most impactful methods to curtail energy consumption is by adjusting the temperature at which your living space is heated. Even a slight reduction of one degree can yield a significant five to ten percent decrease in energy usage. On average, lowering the temperature by three degrees can result in an impressive 18 percent decrease in energy costs.

A recommended indoor temperature for the living room is around 20 degrees Celsius, while a slightly cooler 17 degrees Celsius is typically suitable for sleeping. Efficient air circulation is facilitated by proper curtain and drape length, ensuring that they do not obstruct radiators. Regularly venting rooms for a few minutes by opening all windows can also improve indoor air quality.

Efficiency extends to the kitchen, where substantial energy and water consumption occur. To minimize energy usage, it’s advisable to heat only the necessary amount of water, such as filling a kettle with the precise volume needed. When cooking, employing a lid accelerates water boiling. The size of the stove burner matters, with a mismatch between pot size and burner leading to energy wastage. Opting for shiny, chrome-plated pots improves heat transfer to food.

In the realm of appliances, such as dishwashers, it is recommended to run them only when fully loaded. Dishwashers with eco-friendly programs are champions of water and electricity conservation. For refrigerators, keeping the temperature between 5 and 7 degrees Celsius is optimal, with freezers at -15 degrees Celsius. Unnecessary cooling and freezing contribute to higher energy consumption and bills.

Refrigerator and freezer maintenance is crucial to maintaining energy efficiency. Thicker than three millimeters, an ice layer in the freezer can increase energy consumption by up to thirty percent. Furthermore, the refrigerator should be positioned away from sources of heat, as each additional degree in its environment raises energy consumption by approximately four percent.

When it comes to bathing, opting for a short three to five-minute shower is significantly more cost-effective than taking a bath or extended showers. Efficiently heating water to 50 to 60 degrees Celsius is sufficient for most needs. Placing the water heater in an insulated room and utilizing a two-tier electricity rate, taking advantage of lower rates during off-peak hours, can further optimize energy usage.

Laundry habits can also make a substantial difference in energy consumption. Washing clothes at a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, filling the washing machine to three-quarters capacity, and utilizing eco-friendly programs can result in savings of 30 to 40 percent compared to regular washing.

Lastly, ensuring regular maintenance of gas boilers is a key to long-term savings. Well-maintained boilers exhibit lower energy consumption, potentially saving several thousand currency units annually. Annual servicing by an authorized technician is essential for maintaining the warranty on new appliances.

Implementing these energy-saving practices can empower households to reduce energy consumption, alleviate financial strain, and contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

Article by Prague Forum

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