6. The kitchen, an ideal battleground for saving energy
The kitchen is the starting point for saving energy at home. Many people will find it difficult to change their habits here, as culinary tastes are quite a different matter.
Having said this, we can give you some basic tips that generally work well and will enable you to reduce the energy you use when cooking.
- Cook several dishes at once. If you are going to prepare several meals for the week, if you use all the hobs the heat from one will help the other. This may only be a few cents per dish, but little by little you save energy every day you cook and this is a saving that otherwise you would lose. And if you really have to cook, then better to do it all at once.
- Cook several portions. In the same way, it is advisable to cook several portions at once, because the cost in energy of preparing, for example, two portions of macaroni is just about the same as for preparing one portion, so you make a 2x1 saving. Everybody has taken bowls from their grandparents' or parents' house thanks to this energy saving technique of cooking for lots of people.
- Give priority to meals that require little energy. A large number of fruits, greens, vegetables, nuts and legumes require zero or almost zero energy consumption when preparing cold or warm dishes; unlike things like meat and fish, or pre-cooked food. Healthier food, saving energy and more money in your account, you could not ask for more.
7. Make the most of sunlight
One of the keys to saving traditional energy is to replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights. These lights are so efficient that there is very little room for saving energy.
If you would like to know more about how to save electricity at home, we recommend this blog with 5 interesting tips to achieve greater energy efficiency in the lighting for your home.
However, you can still save on lighting by making the best use of sunlight. Even though we know that lighting only represents 4% of energy consumption in the average household in Spain. Good use of natural light can be an important way of saving energy in everyday life.
7.1 The Sun is not always an ally when saving energy
Now it appears that natural light does not always help save energy at home. This may be confusing. There is an explanation for everything, you will see.
If you remember at the beginning of the article when speaking about how much energy is used by households in Spain, there were two key data:
- 50% in air-conditioning (hot and cold).
- 4% in lighting.
That is why in summer, instead of helping you to save energy at home, sunlight may make you use more.
We are not saying you should live in the dark, but if when it is hottest you close the doors and blinds, you will use less energy to cool the house and this will be more efficient. You may need to switch the light on occasionally instead of letting in the heat.
Also, if you are going out for a few hours during the day, you can leave all the blinds virtually closed. When you come home from work, the house will be cooler and it will cost less to cool it down using the air-conditioning or fans. Sometimes protecting the house from sunlight can be very beneficial when it comes to saving energy.
Can life be the same using less and saving energy?
We are used to measuring our lives in euros because we have been told that this is how the world works. But if we really want to be efficient, we need to address other dimensions. For example: Kilowatts of power and kilowatt hours of energy consumption.
There are now organisations like the 2000 Watt Society that propose we organise ourselves socially with a view to consuming fewer kilowatts per year, collaborating with each other to discover how to save energy at home and to improve the efficiency of the entire planet.
One of the first steps towards efficiency is to stop thinking in absolute terms over which we have no control. For example: the electricity tariff as something that is imposed and you just pay the bill.
There are already tariffs where you decide how much the energy costs depending on the time you consume it. If you are interested, we encourage to check out the Tempo Happy Electricity Tariff.
If you are the sort of person who seeks peace of mind by always paying the same, you could be interested in the Endesa Single Tariff. You pay a quota that covers all the electricity you wish to consume, and what is more if you consume less, with our scheduled challenges we will refund some of the money. In other words, you not only always pay the same, but if you are efficient you may pay even less.
List of 7 tips for learning how to save energy at home:
1. Knowing how much energy you use and adjusting the contracted power, neither much nor too little, according to your needs.
2. Concentrating the use of energy for lighting and air conditioning in the parts of the house you use the most.
3. Closing the doors to the rooms or parts of the house that are normally not used.
4. Buying more efficient domestic appliances is a profitable investment and not an expense.
5. When cleaning, short showers and a dishwasher are a great ally to reduce energy consumption at home.
6. Cooking a number of dishes at once or several servings helps to make energy consumption more efficient.
7. Use low-consumption LED lights and make the most of natural daylight to light your house.
7.1 In summer, protecting your house from the hot sun hours helps you save energy when you want to cool your home.
This is how you can start introducing energy-saving measures into your everyday life and pay less while helping to create a much more sustainable world.