Tips for reducing energy prices

As fossil fuel prices soar and supply and price uncertainties increase, many are looking for ways to reduce the amount of money they spend on household energy. The Swiss Federal Energy Agency (SFOE) publication shows where to save.

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The recent rise in fossil fuel prices highlights the paradox at the heart of efforts to reduce climate change. As environmentalists, we want the world to burn less wood, coal, gas and oil. But as consumers, many of us still want to burn cheap gas, oil, wood, and consume the electricity produced using similar fuels.

In 2018, about 40% of electricity will flow in European synchronization grid Produced by burning fossil fuels, according to ENTSO-E, Association of European Transmission System Operators. Switzerland is connected to this grid, importing and exporting large amounts of electricity to and from Switzerland, and is part of the fossil fuel ecosystem.

Some argue that now that fossil fuels are expensive, it’s a great time to find a way to use less energy. Almost all of them are directly or indirectly related to more CO2 and air pollution. Here are seven tips for reducing your household’s energy consumption.

Check and adjust the temperature

Not surprisingly, heating is the largest part of household energy consumption. According to SFOE, heating accounts for about two-thirds of household energy consumption. Lowering the heating thermostat by 1 ° C can reduce heating costs by 6%. A house heated to 18 ° C is 12% cheaper than a house heated to 20 ° C.according to economist Magazine, The average home temperature in the UK has risen by 7 ° C in 40 years. The temperature in the corridors of an average English house in 1970 was 14 ° C. By 2010, the typical temperature was 21 ° C.

One suggestion is to heat the living room to 20 ° C and the bedroom to 17 ° C. In addition, SFOE recommends not heating rooms with open windows and reducing heating while on the go or at night.

Short and sharp air

When deflating the house, SFOE recommends opening many windows for a short time (5-10 minutes) and then closing them several times a day, rather than opening them for a long time with the windows slightly open. ..

See how you wash

Choosing a shower that is shorter than the bath can save you a lot of electricity. In addition, you can reduce your hot water bill by 50% with a low flow shower head. It’s often hard to feel the difference. There is also a water flow regulator that can be screwed onto the end of most faucets to block the flow of water.

Turn off the vampire device

Make sure the appliance is completely turned off instead of leaving it in sleep mode. Vampire devices that keep current flowing when not in use can be quite expensive. Modems, printers, televisions, computers and sound systems are the main causes. Unplugging these devices can save CHF 100-200 per year.

Go to LED

Switch the light bulb to LED. These bulbs cost much more, but consume much less energy and last much longer.

Get a smart plug

Smart plugs indicate the amount of power a device consumes. These plugs connect to the socket in front of the device. Use one of these to help identify which device in your home is consuming the most power. Always-on devices are often surprised by the amount of power they consume.

Wash cool clothes

Sometimes cold washing or washing at 30 ° C instead of 60 ° C will clean your clothes well. Avoiding clothes dryers can also save bundles. Clothes exposed to the sun will be doubly clean. The UV rays of sunlight have a tremendous effect on odors that are difficult to remove. They also act as preservatives, attacking bacteria and virus particles.

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