The energy expert has many surprising tips on how to reduce your electric bill.
Record-high electricity prices and low temperatures have shattered your electricity bills. But how can electricity costs actually be reduced?
There may be as many tips on saving energy as there are different power providers that can offer the ‘cheapest power deal’ – but what works and what are the myths?
Energy expert Trond Bash at Enova has information about energy savings that will likely surprise many.
refute the legend
A common savings tip, rejected by some, is that there is nothing to be gained by turning off the light in time and running out of time – because you are using extra energy by turning on the light.
Does the myth that light bulbs shorten the life of the bulb by turning it on and off frequently apply?
– So the answer is no. Today, the vast majority use LED lighting. It is designed for an occasional surcharge of 100,000 times or more. Older types of energy-saving lamps and fluorescent tubes had a low service life with a lot of on and off as well as increased energy consumption in the ignition phase. According to Osram, it can be helpful to turn off the light on older types of fluorescent tubes if you’re away for longer than 15 minutes, Enova energy consultant Trond Paasche tells Nettavisen.
He says that in the past, when energy-saving and fluorescent lamps were used to a large extent, this was the case. Then you can use more energy by turning the light on and off instead of just leaving it on. But with LED lighting, it’s not relevant, he explains.
Turn off the light in rooms where you don’t stay, even if the LED bulb uses little power. Repeated hits on and off will not shorten the service life. The energy consultant says that the electricity that is not used is electricity saved.
Here is the money to save
Another widespread savings tip is that there is a lot to be gained from lowering the temperature of heaters in the home by a few degrees.
– Is there a difference whether the thermostat is 19 or 21 degrees?
It’s a basic rule you can keep in mind. Consumption decreases by four to five percent for each degree you lower the temperature. On average, 55 percent of total consumption goes to space heating. In homes that are not well insulated, 70 percent of the electricity consumption can go to heating, so here you can collect quite a bit, says the electrician.
Bash emphasizes that you shouldn’t be walking around freezing, but you don’t need to wear a T-shirt either. He says this with heating is a balancing act, but he recommends lowering the temperature in rooms that aren’t used much.
It doesn’t have to feel as warm in the hallway as in the living room, he says.
You can drop this tip
You might think you’ve given your dishwasher service by rinsing your dishes and cutlery well before you put them in. Some may think that the smartest thing to do is to wash the dishes by hand. You can just forget both, because there is power to save.
Some people almost wash cups and bowls before putting them in the washing machine. You can save quite a bit of hot water use if you drop it. Alternatively, rinse it with cold water. A dishwasher will remove the grease, says Bash.
Induction stoves have long occupied thousands of homes, and almost “magic” stoves attract a lot of electricity. In fact, more than many older patents are out there.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you, as a consumer, are left with a beard in the electric mailbox.
Induction hobs are fast and efficient. It makes it boil faster, and when it boils it reduces the effect. Induction is still the one that uses the least electricity, he says, although energy consumption can be higher than conventional stoves, Bach says and continues:
From January 1, we will have power ties on the grid rent for the power peak with the highest load in a continuous hour. He adds that the induction peak is too fast during the cooking time to overload the power.
puffs with christmas lights
One would think that Christmas lighting makes electricity consumption go up very quickly, but then no. Unless you’re the nostalgic type, there’s a little money you have to spend on electricity, to get in the right Christmas mood.
Most people now use LED bulbs, but compared to halogen bulbs, energy consumption is reduced by 80 percent or more, says Energy Consultant.
The washing machine does not have a power outage, but…
If you think that the washing machine consumes a lot of electricity, then you are wrong. The electrician says it’s heating the water for washing that uses up the most electricity, but that’s a little off your electric bill – because washing machines don’t use as much water.
On the other hand, dryers use much more energy than washing at 40 degrees. The dryer uses up to six times more electricity, so instead, hang your clothes to dry, he advises.
Don’t do everything at once
Another energy loss that you have to pay dearly after the New Year is if you use a lot of electricity in an isolated period.
The electricity and electricity network will be expanded a lot. When everything runs on electricity, you need more power. It would cost you more money if you had to extend the power grid to be able to deliver it to the power peaks at 07 – 08 and 17-18 in the afternoon. It’s a goal to have us spread the power load throughout the day, so that we avoid increasing additional costs to energy consumers.
He shows that it is advantageous to apply the simultaneous effect on the outside.
Another thing to consider is when electricity is expensive. The highest consumption is at seven and eight in the morning and in the afternoon around 17.00.
If you have an electric car, for example, it pays to charge it after 10 p.m. until morning, provided you have an approved, guaranteed charging solution for that purpose, says Bach.
Save money with new tablet heaters
The energy expert also comes up with a little advice regarding panel heaters. Because in the long run there may be money to save.
– An old panel oven that clicks in and out and gives uneven layers to the temperature in the room. If you change the oven panel, buy one with electronic control. He says that they provide the effect only required to maintain the indicated temperature.
In short, the expert advises such actions:
- Reduce the temperature by a degree or two
- Turn off the heat in rooms you are not using
- Turn off the lights you are not using
- Transfer potential energy consumption in times when electricity is cheaper
- Rinse the dishes with cold water
- Try to reduce the use of the dryer
This consumes less power than you might think:
- higher induction
- Lighting (with LED lights)
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