In this article, we discuss 5 different ways you can start saving energy at home. With energy prices rising, it is more important than ever to make small changes that can lead to big savings over time. So let's get started!
1. Get a smart thermostat
A great way to save a lot of energy and money immediately is by switching to a smart thermostat. With smart thermostats, you can save an average of 10-12% on your energy bill. A great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money at the same time.
2. Educate and talk to family and friends about saving energy
One of the best ways to change people's behaviour is to teach them why it is important. Talk to family and friends about saving energy and how they can make a difference. Changing a few small things, such as turning off lights when they leave a room, can go a long way in the long run. If everyone is focused on turning off lights to save energy, this will also influence the general mindset. This makes energy saving more top of mind and will also translate into savings in other areas such as shorter showers, for example.
3. Replace your light bulbs
Another easy way to save energy is to replace traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs, so it's a simple change that can really make a difference. What's more, you won't just save on energy. LED bulbs also last much longer than traditional light bulbs. So a double saving!
In addition to standard LED bulbs, there are also smart LED bulbs nowadays. With this new kind of smart bulbs, you can also use time schedules, timers and location data. A third way to save by replacing light bulbs. These smart lights come in various types. For example, we have E27, GU10 and LED strips. See the full overview here:
4. Tackle standby consumers!
Do you know what is really a waste? Paying for unnecessary consumption. What many people don't realise is that appliances - even when switched off - still use energy when plugged in. This applies, for instance, to TVs, game consoles, computers and digital TV receivers. Now, of course, you can unplug your TV every time you turn it off, but that is a tedious act.
The solution? Opt for a smart plug or smart plug with consumption meter and really turn off that TV with 1 click on your smartphone! Another way these smart plugs can contribute is by working with time switches, timers and based on location. You can set the smart wifi plug to turn off when you leave the house and turn on when you return. Super convenient! By turning devices off completely when not in use, you save on energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Taking shorter showers
We have mentioned this before, but it is a very relevant part of the easy-to-make savings that are also extra good for the environment. Around 80% of your hot water is consumed in the shower. By taking shorter showers, you save gas and therefore money. The average Dutch person showers for about 9 minutes. That could really be shorter. Make it 5 minutes and you save more than 15,000 litres of hot water on an annual basis. That comes down to 60m3 of gas and at a gas price of 1.74 (price of new energy contracts in early 2022) to 130 euro savings per year.
The solution? Use a (shower) timer or do a dance. Play one track and you're usually done well before the 5-minute mark! Giel Beelen has compiled the perfect playlist for this: Giel's Shower Tunes
Extra tip: Use natural sunlight
Try to take advantage of natural sunlight whenever possible instead of using artificial lighting. Natural sunlight is not only free, but it is also a great way to get some vitamin D! During the day, open your curtains or blinds and let the sun shine in. You'll be surprised how much brighter your home feels when you make use of natural sunlight.
Want to save more? Find more tips and share your experience!
These are just a few simple tips that can help you save energy at home. There are countless additional ways to save. Find them and share them. Energy bills can be expensive, so anything we can do to reduce our consumption is a step in the right direction. By making just a few small changes, we can all make a big difference in the fight against climate change!