Good habits at home daily to lower your energy bills.
- Turn off lights and appliances the moment you no longer need them.
You can easily leave a light on and tell yourself that you will get back to it quickly.
It doesn't cost much to flip the switch though. But be careful if you are equipped with energy saving lamps, it is better to leave them on for a few minutes (but not for hours of course) than to turn them off. Indeed; frequently turning on and off this type of bulb greatly reduces their lifespan.
The same goes for the TV or your PC that you do not turn off when you do not use it any more or which runs all night sometimes… for nothing!
This rule of common sense on a daily basis may seem obvious, but it is clear that even the most convinced people (including us) do not necessarily apply it systematically.
- Do not heat open windows !!
No need for explanations ...
- Enjoy the free contributions of the sun.
Open your shutters or curtains when your facade is exposed to the sun. You can also take advantage of some hot wind but it is more delicate.
- Put lids on your pans.
A cover retains heat and therefore limits heat loss when cooking. Optimize the preparation of your dishes. For example, use the same electric plate to cook 2 foods in a row in order to take advantage of thermal inertia.
Small settings that make a lot
- Do not overheat.
You can perhaps lower the temperature of your house and put on a sweater rather than increasing the heating. A temperature between 18 to 20 ° C is generally quite sufficient for very good thermal comfort if you agree to wear a sweater when you are at home. This is a big item for your future energy savings. Use a small thermometer.
- Do not heat up when you are not there.
There's no need for a well-heated house during the day when everyone is at work. Lower the thermostat when you go to work. 15 or 16 ° C will be more than enough. You will turn up the heating when you come home from work, or a little before if you are lucky enough to have a timer. Many modern boilers allow you to configure the heating cycle very easily and hour by hour, but be careful not to cut your heating completely: the rise in T ° would be more energy-consuming than maintaining low T °.
- Learn to play and control the thermal inertia of your home.
This is to optimize the heating cycle of your boiler. Each house being unique (or almost) you will need to be tainted to arrive at an optimum result in terms of comfort and consumption.
- Set your VMC at minimum flow
, and cut off if possible on very cold days.
- Fight against the invisible consumption of your devices in standby.
Indeed, when you turn off a device, it often goes to sleep without actually being turned off. It consumes constantly and in the long run, it ends up costing a lot. Even really turned off devices consume a little. In fact, the tranfos they contain have heat losses even when not in operation. Get your hands on your forgotten laptop charger on the socket: it's hot !!
There is a solution, put multiple sockets with switches (those which make an orange light when they are on) between your sockets and your devices. When you are finished using an appliance, turn off the power with the power strip switch. These multiple sockets are available everywhere and at a low price. You can also use Hourly programmers (daily or weekly, mechanical or electronic)
In France, devices operating for nothing are, however, a real energy abyss… almost equivalent to a nuclear reactor!
- Heat up little or nothing where you are rarely.
Garage, cellar, laundromat… are rooms that we do not go to much and therefore do not need to be heated.
- Place refrigeration devices ... in cold or poorly heated rooms
Put your freezer there and only slightly heat your kitchen or your refrigerator. They'll have less effort to keep your food cool if they're in a cooler room. They will therefore consume much less energy. Also keep them away from heat sources. A refrigerator placed in front of a radiator is a consumption pit.