Five good actions to limit your electricity consumption – MSteka

Five good actions to limit your electricity consumption

After the government’s announcement of an increase in electricity prices of at least 8% from February 2024, a reminder of the actions that make it possible to reduce consumption at home is necessary. However, this is more about common sense than complex methods. Standby devices, lights, heating, household appliances, etc. : here are some salutary reminders.

1. Turn off your devices rather than leaving them on standby

Considerable progress has been made in the consumption of devices placed in standby mode, with a European regulation limiting their power to 0.5 W. This standard, however, rises to 2 W for objects connected to the network, whether wifi or cellular. Turning off your household appliances, audiovisual devices and other IT equipment can save up to 15% on your electricity bill, or a saving of more than €100 per year. With some exceptions, it is nevertheless not recommended to unplug large household appliances, such as washing machines or dishwashers, which generally have a tool integrated into their standby mode, designed to detect possible water leaks.

2. Turn off the lights behind you

“This is not Versailles!” Pummeled by a TV ad, this slogan encourages (rightly) to cut off unnecessary lights. Turning off lights in unoccupied rooms can significantly reduce your electricity bill. For example, a 60 W LED bulb lit five hours a day for 365 days consumes 109.50 kWh. This consumption is equivalent to approximately €17.50 per year. Multiply this figure by the number of light bulbs lit in your home to anticipate possible savings.

On this subject, let us remember that decorations, often aesthetically pleasing due to the cozy aspect they bring to a room, also consume electricity. This expense item must be taken into account in your cost reduction calculation.

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3. The case of the dishwasher and the washing machine

For these two devices, which are very useful on a daily basis and cherished by French consumers, we recommend favoring the Eco program. Although its duration is longer than that of other programs, the water is heated less. Yes, it is the action of heating the water that consumes energy, more than that of washing.

Washing your dishes in Eco mode uses up to 45% less electricity than the intensified program. Concerning laundry, this program allows a saving of 15%, and up to 50% if you reduce the washing temperature to 30°C. However, it is recommended to run the washing machine on a higher temperature program from time to time to prevent the drain hose and drum from becoming clogged.

Along the same lines as the good uses of these two household appliances, remember that it is preferable not to operate them at half load. While this mode saves water, it uses just as much electricity. Concerning the dryer, if we understand that not all households can afford to dry the laundry in the open air, remember that a good spin allows the laundry to dry more quickly afterwards.

4. The case of screens and the Internet box

The size of the TV screen comes into play in energy consumption. For your information, a 60-inch television consumes as much as four 30-inch screens! Without going as far as changing the TV, reducing the brightness of the screens can reduce the device’s consumption by around 25%. In the same vein, remember to always turn off unused game consoles and computers.

The Internet access box can consume more than 200 kWh/year, a figure equivalent to that of a washing machine. Theoretically, it may be wise to turn it off at night to save 25% of its electricity consumption. However, these recommendations must be taken on a case-by-case basis… Some boxes need to be turned on at night, because it is during this period that they carry out their updates. Other boxes may also not tolerate being turned on and off repeatedly.

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Be careful, Internet boxes have become the nerve centers of connected homes. Sometimes, switching off means depriving oneself of a landline telephone line or a surveillance system (camera, alarm, etc.).

5. Hot water and heating

Saving hot water also means reducing your electricity consumption. Concerning the shower, we recommend the installation of an energy-saving hand shower. These systems save up to 75% water, but also significantly reduce energy bills. As for the hot water tank, the rule is generally 55°C, which is sufficient to meet health standards and the comfort of residents.

Heating is usually set at 19°C in the living areas and 17°C in the bedrooms. To optimize thermal insulation and maintain heat in the home, consider caulking the cold air inlets by positioning draft excluders for certain door bottoms, for example. However, never close the ventilations in your home, which are essential for maintaining indoor air quality and essential for combating moisture-related mold.

At night, closing the shutters creates an additional layer of insulation to retain the accumulated heat.

If you are away during the day, consider reducing the heating in the home. For a multi-day getaway away from home, place the radiators in the frost-free position and turn off the water heater if possible.

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