#33 Ways to save on your electrical bill
Refrigeration of food
- Don’t overload your fridge as it will consume more electricity – as much as 10% to 20% more for each product!
- Allow warm food to cool before putting it in the refrigerator. (To prevent the growth of bacteria, let it stand for about 20 minutes.)
- Remove all heavy food packaging material before storing it in the refrigerator.
- Cover all liquids stored in the refrigerator (especially if it is an ice-free model).
- Place food slightly away on refrigerator racks so that cool air can circulate.
- Do not open your refrigerator door more frequently than necessary and do not leave it open for a long time. Rather, try to take out several items at once and put them back in order to prevent the cold air from escaping.
- Do not set freezing temperatures lower than required (18 ° C). It wastes as much electricity as excessive heat.
- Frozen food should be in contact with those parts of the freezer containing the coolant tubes. It is usually on the sides of freezer cabinets. You freeze should be kept as full as possible to prevent ice from getting heavy.
- Don’t allow ice to build up. Freezer cabinets should be defrosted once or twice a year and upright freezers two or three times a year.
- Make sure pots and pans cover the whole stove plate on which you are cooking.
- Bring food to the boil quickly on the high setting and then lower the heat to simmer.
- Do not use the oven grill to roast bread – it works very expensive.
- Close the oven door until the food is cooked. Each time you open the door, the oven temperature drops and needs to be replaced.
- Allow free air circulation in the oven. Place oven pans and bowls so that they do not touch one another or the sides of the oven.
- Freeze your food in the fridge instead of the microwave; it’s more economical.
- Use your microwave only to cook small to medium quantities of food. For larger portions of meat, it is better to use a conventional oven.
- Use an electric kettle to boil water, not a saucepan or microwave.
- Use small kitchen appliances instead of the stove as it can save energy. Grids, electric grids and frying pans, pots, electric coffee pots and bottle heaters usually require less energy than the stove when properly used.
- Switch off your dishwasher after the final rinse and before the drying cycle. Leave the door open and your dishes will dry in minutes.
- Fully fill the dishwasher before turning it on. Partial charges wasted electricity and water.
- Clean your dishwasher’s filter regularly. A clogged filter reduces efficiency and wastes energy.
Wash, dry and iron on clothes
- Choose a front-loading washing machine that uses less water and costs less to work than a topping machine, even if it costs more when you buy the machine.
- Wash clothes as far as possible in cold water. Up to 85% of the energy used when washing clothes in a machine is used to heat the water.
- Clean the lint filter of your tumble dryer every time you use it so that the air can flow properly and clothes can dry properly.
- Use a tumble dryer only if it really needs to. Hang up clothes and allow to dry as far as possible.
- An iron consumes as much energy as ten 100 watt light bulbs. So first iron the materials that need to be ironed at a low temperature so that they do not need to heat for so long, and iron large batches of clothes at once to prevent energy being wasted when the iron is heated several times. And switch off the iron when you are interrupted while ironing.
- Empty your vacuum cleaner’s bag regularly or replace it to work efficiently.
- Electric blankets consume little electricity when used properly. Turn it on to the highest setting and warm the bed just before getting in – then turn it off.
- Close doors and windows when using a heater.
- Switch off all lamp and power points – basically anything that draws an electric current and is not used. Make sure your television, radio and stereo player are turned off when no one is watching or listening.
- Switch off lights whenever possible.
- Switch to solar power
- Replace your biggest energy-saving lights (such as outdoor floodlights, kitchen and living room lights) with LED lights. It has a low energy consumption and a long life span (20,000 hours or more)