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Ministry issues advice on how to reduce power usage

The Department of Energy has released a list of recommendations aimed at saving energy in your home in the wake of ongoing price increases.

Advice on how to use air conditioners (AC), lighting, kitchen appliances, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and tumble dryers to minimize electricity consumption.

  1. air conditioning
  • turn on the air conditioner only in the room you are in
  • Make sure you clean your AC filters often
  • Ventilate and clean the radiator fins of the AC unit with a special brush.
  • Avoid using traditional electric air heaters
  • Make good use of windows and shades. On hot summer days, close the windows and shutters, draw the curtains, and open the curtains in the evening to create a natural airflow to cool the intended facility.
  • Set the AC thermostat correctly. On hot summer days, ideally set it to 25-26 degrees Celsius.
  • Adjust your clothes according to the weather in the building and indoors
  • Always keep the doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is running
  • Use ceiling fans instead of AC
  • Approximately 30 minutes before leaving a room with AC running, turn off the AC.
  1. lighting
  • Place small lamps in hallways, storage rooms, and common areas without using more light than necessary
  • turn off lights in rooms not in use
  • Do not leave the lights on unnecessarily
  • Dust your light fixtures and windows regularly.
  • Make the most of natural light and avoid artificial lighting whenever possible
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Rearrange the furniture in the room to take into account the natural light from the windows
  • use light colors on the walls
  • Do not use lampshades made of dark, thick fabrics
  1. kitchen appliances
  • Preheat the oven briefly only when necessary
  • Do not open oven door while driving
  • Clean the oven immediately after use and while it is still hot
  • Use cookware that has a flat bottom and is the correct size for your stovetop.A pressure cooker is also recommended.
  • When boiling water, cover the pot.Do not boil the water more than necessary
  • Turn off ovens and hotplates just before food is cooked and use residual heat
  1. refrigerator and freezer
  • Do not place the refrigerator near radiators, built-in spaces, or expose it to sunlight. Keep the refrigerator away from the stove.
  • Do not put hot items in the refrigerator or freezer
  • Check the rubber fixtures attached to the refrigerator and freezer doors to make sure they are tightly closed
  • If your refrigerator and freezer defrost settings are not automatic, check that no more than 0.5 cm of ice has accumulated on the appliance.
  • Do not open and close the refrigerator/freezer door unnecessarily or leave it open for a long time.
  • When going out for an extended period of time, unplug the refrigerator, empty the contents, and leave the door open.
  1. washer and dryer
  • hand washing whenever possible
  • Use your washer and dryer without overloading them
  • Set the wash program to low. Choose an economical wash cycle.
  • Only use the pre-wash on heavily soiled garments.
  • Utilize detergents that work effectively at low temperatures
  • Clothes dryers are the most energy-consuming appliances. If use is unavoidable, it is recommended to use the temperature rise in a continuous cycle.Clean the dryer air filter after each use
  1. general advice
  • Always choose how many appliances you want to turn on at the same time according to your needs.
  • Ensure that maintenance schedules are adhered to and that maintenance is performed by properly trained personnel
  • Make sure any damage to your heating and AC units is rectified immediately
  • Ensure that energy conservation interventions already in place in homes and buildings are working properly
  • Ensure that the toilet’s main ventilation system and fans are turned off when the facility is not in use
  • Elevators do not go up to the 2nd floor
  • Appliances consume power even when they are on standby, so don’t leave them on when you don’t need them.

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/10/ministry-issues-advice-on-how-to-use-less-electricity/ Ministry issues advice on how to reduce power usage

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