With increasing energy bills and with the environment in mind, we want to share some useful information about how you can save a lot of energy, by changing your behavior when it comes to your use of energy at home. You might not think it’s possible, but we can tell by experience that you will notice a big difference, especially if you find out that you utilize some of the things excessively.
1. Replace the bulb with LED. If you have not already, now’s the time. A LED lamp of the highest quality holds up to 40,000-50,000 hours, if you count that it’s on 8h/day it means that it has a lifetime of 13 years. The development is progressing and LED formerly often only had a cold light, but now it’s also possible to have a warmer and dimmable light.
2. The right light in the right place. Having the right lighting in the right place is very important. Stronger lighting where you work, and then the more limited general lighting gives the experience of the right light in the right place, without unnecessarily high energy use.
3. Extinguishing when light is not needed. Switch off the lights when you leave a room. There are several different means to ensure that lights are off when not needed. It may include light sensors, motion detectors and timers.
4. For your outdoor lighting, you can install a dusk sensor that turns the light off when daylight is strong enough or a motion detector that turns on the lights when someone comes into the lamp’s vicinity. This means that outdoor lighting is not lit unnecessarily.
5. Leave all the lights to the recycling center. Energy saving light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps contain mercury, which is a prerequisite for them to be able to function. All lights, including light bulbs, should be recycled. At the municipal waste disposal (recycling center) are special collection containers for the lamps. Some stores also have collection of lamps, making it easy to leave the old bulbs while you buy new. It is important that you follow the instructions and displays available to show you where to put your lights so that they are taken care of properly.
6. Turn off stand-by mode. All appliances in the home that are not turned off the power switch, consume energy when they are in stand-by mode. How much you can save is very different, but on average it is about 250 kilowatt hours per year for all the devices in your household combined. One tip is to switch them to a power strip so you can easily turn off all at once.
7. You can set your computer to go into sleep mode and the monitor turns off when you have not used it in a while. This is usually found under the power options or similar.
8. New televisions often have power saving modes that can automatically adjust the picture according to the light in the room using a light sensor. Energy consumption can be reduced by about 50 percent if it is dark in the room.
9. Ask for energy consumption when buying a new TV. A LCD or plasma TV does not draw much more than an old fat TV with the corresponding image area, but often cost you wear a little bigger TV when you still want to buy a new one. For example, energy use when switching from 28 inch tubes for 42 inch plasma tripled.
10. Most new televisions today have built-in decoders for terrestrial and cable television. Built-in box for satellite TV is still quite rare. Energy use for a TV does not increase because it has a built-in box, so you save the entire box of energy by having a TV with integrated box. Do you still want to have a separate digital set-top boxes are now available that can be turned off completely without the default settings are lost. A set-top box can draw as much energy as a small television per year.
11. Choose energy labeled. Svanen, Energy Star and the TCO label is an example of energy labels for IT equipment. Mandatory energy labeling of televisions came in 2011.
Cooking and Food Storage
12. Set the temperature in both the refrigerator and freezer. In the fridge recommended +5 degrees and -18 degrees in the freezer. Each additional degree cooler increases energy consumption by about 5 percent.
13. When you are buying a new refrigerator or freezer so enlist the help of the energy label. Refrigerators and freezers in energy class A + + are most effective.
14. Use pots and pans with flat bottoms that fit into the plate or zone size.
15. Place lid on the pan, then use only one-third as much energy as compared to if the lid is off.
16. Leave the oven door closed during cooking. Temperatures can drop as much as 25 degrees every time you open the oven door.
17. Grill out more often during the summer. To use the oven in the summer forces you to let the AC indoor work harder, which will increase your energy bill.
18. When buying a new ovenm watch the energy labeling. From 2015 extend the energy label for a further three A-levels where energy class A + + are most effective. Look not only at energy class but also on the energy per spin, a smaller oven typically uses less electricity than a bigger oven.
19. The hood does not draw as much electricity, but the energy required to replace the indoor heated air that the hood pulls out of the house can be more than ten times as large. From year 2015, the hoods energy labeling and marking also shows how efficient grease filtration is, lighting and noise.
20. Kettle and microwave can save energy and time. Use the kettle when you boil water. It saves energy and time. When you want to heat one to two servings of food or just a cup of tea water then the microwave is a good option. Food accounts for a large portion of household energy consumption.
21. Wash at full load.
22. All new washers must pass laundry Class A, which means that the laundry is clean.
23. Use the washing machine economy program when you have lightly soiled laundry. In this way, the laundry is done faster.
24. Wash at lower temperature if possible. 40 degrees instead of 60 degrees can nearly half the energy. Look at the washing instructions in the clothes.
25. Air-dry the laundry, preferably outdoors, instead of using clothes dryers. A dryer takes two to four times more energy than to dry your laundry over to wash it.
26. The dishwasher is more energy smart than doing it by hand. Avoid rinsing dishes under running hot water before putting it into the machine, often sufficient to scrape the food scraps.
27. If you wash by hand, wash dishes in a bowl rather than under running water.
28. Place the dishwasher in economy mode, to use less water and electricity.
29. A brief shower in five minutes instead of the quarter can reduce energy use for hot water by 500 kilowatt-hours per year.
30. Switch to low-flow shower head and faucet with a power saving function. With efficient faucets in kitchen and bathroom, you can reduce water use by up to 40 percent.
31. Replace gasket when the tap starts to drip.
32. Do you have an electric towel rail in the bathroom which is on all year around, it can draw as much as 600 kilowatt-hours per year.
33. The cost of heat depends partly on where in the country you live and how well insulated the house is.
34. You may be able to lower the temperature one degree. For the home owner does each degree drop about five percent lower cost for heating.
35. With good guidance and control gives you both more even heating and a more comfortable indoor environment, while reducing your costs.
36. When you go away, you can lower the temperature inside to about 15 degrees.
37. Insulate the house better, such as the attic. About 15 percent of the heat is lost otherwise through the roof.
38. Seal drafty windows and exterior doors.
To get more tips, visit the websites, Energimyndigheten (Swedish) and Progress Energy (English). We’ve used there information to produce these tips. On Ledgiganten you can get information about how much energy you will be able to save when changing your bulbs to LEDs. Additionally, on the website of Allmännyttan (Swedish) you’ll find a lot of good information!
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