Have you ever wondered what it is the appliance that consumes the most in your home? And which one can you use less to save on your electricity bill? We use more than we think and today we do not think of a life without these appliances that have greatly improved our day to day.
How could it be otherwise, since it is in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the appliance that spends the most is the refrigerator, with 18.9% of the total, that is, almost a fifth of what we consume. Next we find the TV, which consumes 7.5% (on average in homes, without going into assessing whether you see much or little) and the podium is completed by the washing machine with 7.3%.
After this shortlist of devices that account for 35% of the consumption of our homes, the ranking of devices that consume more electricity at home follows as follows:
- Sleep state of some devices (6.6%)
- Oven (5.1%)
- Various computers (laptops, desktops …) (4.6%)
- Freezer (3.7%)
Knowing this information, you have more arguments and data to try to save on the electricity bill, but how can you do it?
37% savings in heating
Despite the fact that each year the cold takes longer to arrive (things related to climate change), in the end you always have to put the heating on. And technology can help you save on this expense. Smart radiators promise 37% savings thanks to some thermostatic valves that regulate the temperature individually, valid for all radiators with hot water system. Therefore, although it is not a common expense month to month, you can improve your savings in electricity if you make an average throughout the year. Therefore, do not disdain this option or think that «well, they will be only two or three months of intense cold«, since the cost in heating is one of the most important in a home.
Pay attention to the devices that you leave in ‘stand by’
Another of the customs that we have to eradicate in our routine is to leave the devices and appliances that we are not using in the call stand by or rest. We are talking about the devices that you leave off, but connected to the network. At least 6 out of every 100 euros you pay in electricity are due to this gesture.
On the other hand, there are other gestures that, even if you know them, will help you save on what you pay for electricity. For example, to prioritize energy use, do not put washing machines or dishwashers on half load, unplug any gadgets you’re not using and adjusts the power of both the air conditioning and heating very well. Also, try to use the appliances during the hours when energy is cheapest.
Precisely this detail is very important. Ask your electricity supplier what the time zones in which electricity costs less (surely they are the least common, of course) and take advantage of those moments to start appliances such as the washing machine or the dishwasher. You will notice how the expense is lower.
Beware of the hair dryer
Despite its size, it is one of the electronic devices that you use in your home that spend the most, corresponding to up to 3.5% of energy consumption. Therefore, to save, keep the following tips in mind:
- The best thing for your pocket and your hair is to dry it naturally.
- If you have no choice but to use the dryer, unplug it when done. If you stay connected, you will continue to use electricity.
- You can also opt for the lower heat option: the higher the temperature, the more waste.
And in the case of the microwave?
It is one of the most used small appliances. Everyone (or almost everyone) has this device at home. The good news is that consumes less than the ovenHowever, its correct use will reduce the cost even more.
- Do not open the door until the cooking has finished. Doing it ahead of time will increase energy expenditure.
- Microwave must always be clean. Any remaining food inside can absorb the energy and also will not heat the food as well.
- So that the food heats up faster and you don’t have to use the microwave for so long, insert them already cut.