They are the energy-hungry appliances in our homes: 55% of the electricity spent by Spanish houses it is the "fault" of their electric appliances. Refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers... If you want to save electricity and be more efficient, electrical appliances should be your first target.
The best thing to do is to use electrical appliances with the highest possible energy efficiency rating, but if you are not in a position to change all your appliances, you should find out which devices are making your bill shoot up and start implementing energy saving measures.
Where should you start? These are the top 5 electrical appliances that use the most electricity:
5. Computers: not as innocent as you might imagine
It may be hard to believe, but it accounts for 7.7% of your electric appliances' bill, according to details from the Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía (IDAE).
Some of the best energy saving tips for this essential electrical appliance include reducing the screen brightness, removing the screensaver (even if it is pretty) and switching off additional devices (i.e. the printer, the scanner, speakers…) And of course, switching it off when it is not being used.
4. Oven: better if you keep it clean and closed
If you are an avid cook, you should take careful note of the following point. Since this appliance uses 8.3% of your electric appliances' total consumption.
Do not open the oven door while it is in use, as each time you open the door the oven loses 20% of its accumulated energy. Likewise, as with everything in life, hygiene is very important. You should keep your oven grease-free. You can also switch your oven off before the end of the cooking time to make use of the appliance's residual heat.
3. Washing machine: control it with the Happy rate
In a close battle for second place, washing machines use 11.8% of our electric appliances' energy.
To save energy with this electrical appliance, you should only use short programmes and set the temperature to a cold wash whenever possible. Furthermore, if your washing machine is not equipped with an adjustable load system, you should only use it when it is full and at a low or moderate temperature, since heating the water accounts for most of the energy used.
If you use it very often, subscribe to Endesa's Happy Tariff and wash your clothes during the hours that you choose to pay 0€ per kWh.