More efficient lighting and appliances
Replacing high-consumption lighting systems, such as incandescent bulbs, with others of a lower consumption such as LED bulbs, and appliances with a more efficient energy label with others that have a higher rating results in significant savings, to which we must always add good habits.
- Take care when choosing and orienting LED lights and take advantage of a much more focused lighting.
- Update to LED systems in specific areas that, externally controlled, can modify the intensity. You will save money whilst creating more comfortable environments that are suitable for the light you need.
- Follow the advice of the manufacturers of the appliances, and take advantage of ecological programmes that use less electricity and water.
- Do not leave appliances such as computers or microwaves on standby, unplug them or cut off the power using power strips to eliminate phantom consumption.
- Use the appliances with the highest energy expenditure, such as washing machines and irons, during times of the day with the best energy price.
- Adapt the temperature of fridges and freezers to the exterior temperature, which may not be as low in winter.
- When cooking, as well as using more efficient systems, such as induction plates, try to adapt what you cook to the season of the year. Consuming more fresh products such as salads, gazpachos or cold purees in summer will help you spend less while contributing to a healthier diet.
In addition to using the most appropriate air conditioning system for each home, the important thing is to have a comfort temperature that does not send your bill up. For example, in summer we have it set at 24-25 degrees, wearing comfortable clothes typical for the weather. Reducing by one degree already means spending 7% more.
To control this, it is essential to use thermostats to control the temperature in the different rooms of the house.
It also avoids certain bad uses, such as having the air conditioning on to maintain the temperature, even if there isn't anyone at home. All current systems allow you to reach a comfort temperature in just a few minutes.
Reduce water consumption
Water is another asset that we must take care of, and we can do so very simply by either installing small mechanisms, such as flow reduction systems and vaporisers on taps, as with our habits.
These are not just using the shower instead of the bath, or turning the taps off when they are not being used, it is also in using the appliances that consume a lot of water such as dishwasher and washing machine, more efficiently.
Again, ecological programs (ECO), in addition to washing at a lower temperature and thus spending less electricity, significantly reduce water consumption.
The 3Rs in your home: reduce, reuse, recycle
Finally, you can clearly commit to the circular economy in your home in its three areas:
- Reducing consumption: this ranges from "creating" more minimalist homes, to opting for options that don't require a purchase, such as lending or exchanging. Of course, this reduction is also in food, where a very high percentage is wasted, and in which, for example, buying on a daily basis or every few days is better than doing big shops.
- Reusing: using second-hand products or recyclable materials, in an increasingly wide scope, ranging from clothing to decoration among many others.
- Recycling: properly separating waste and using the clean points to try to give a second life to many of the components of the products we use on a day-to-day basis.
In short, whether spending a bit more, but in many cases just making small daily gestures, there are many areas of improvement to make our house more efficient.