Small actions have a big impact when we do them together. The price and availability of energy affects all of us this winter. Even if you don’t pay your energy by yourself, your consumption is a part of the total load.
Heating and the use of hot water and electricity weighs the most on the energy bill. When the consumption of heat and electricity decreases, the climate load goes down as well as the probability of power outages.
We put together concrete energy saving tips for your use. Check the list below to see that at least the basics are in order.
Saving level 1: Get the basics right
- Turn off all devices you are not using
- Remember e.g. to turn off your laptop (not just close the lid).
- Disconnect chargers from the socket after charging
- Get used to shorter showers
- When taking a shower, lots of warm water and thus a lot of energy is consumed in a short time. Pay attention to how long you shower and try to shorten your showers.
- Be smart when doing the dishes
- Get a separate wash tub or use a plug in the sink so that you can wash several dishes at once. Washing dishes under running water wastes warm water unnecessarily.
- Dress warmly at home
- It is cooler at home in winter than in summer, so dress accordingly. It is common to wear long-legged and long-sleeved clothes and warmer socks at home.
- Get a thermometer
- Inexpensive indoor thermometers are available in markets. With the meter, you can monitor the temperature of your home and learn to understand what temperature is good for you and when it is necessary to notify maintenance about too low temperatures.
- Measure the temperature in the middle of the room, about a meter above the floor.
- Ventilate quickly and efficiently
- Give the radiator enough time and space
- Check that there are no furniture or curtains in front of the radiator preventing the circulation of warm air or interfering with the operation of the thermostat. The thermostat reads the surrounding temperature and adjusts the radiator accordingly.
- Note that the radiator may feel cool to the 36 celsius warm hand, even though there is heat circulating in the radiator.
- Wash more clothes at once
- Energy is saved when you use laundry machines less often, but as many clothes as possible at every time.
- Clean the fridge and freezer
- Defrost your fridge and freezer, clean the seals and vacuum the back of the appliances at least once a year so that they consume as little energy as possible.
- Switch to LED lights
- Make sure there are no old-fashioned light bulbs in the lights.
- Keep the bathroom door closed if the underfloor heating is on
- If you have underfloor heating in your bathroom, notice that a lot of heat escapes from the door even if it is just slightly open.
- Report a leaking toilet or faucet
- Even a small leak increases water consumption considerably – report it immediately by filling in a fault report form.
When the basics are in order, move on to other small but meaningful actions on level 2. After that go and conquer winning-level energy saving tips on level 3.