There are many myths about whether or not appliances which are plugged in but switched off still consume energy. The truth is that 10% of the electricity bill represents devices which we leave switched off but plugged in. This energy, quite apart from affecting your wallet, means to the planet the unnecessary burning of several tons of oil. So, how can we save energy? In this article you’ll find 5 tips to really “disconnect” while on holiday.
A study of the energy consumption of 400 homes that were closed during the holiday period revealed that 80%, or in some cases as much as 100%, of the electricity consumed corresponds to appliances in “stand-by” and the fridge.
Climate change is already a reality, and in the coming decades it will continue to affect the life of many people, ecosystems and species. If on top of this, we add the continuous rise in demand for energy, in the end it will bring us to a point where we must stop and reflect, before the situation deteriorates any further.
We can reduce our energy consumption (at least whilst on holiday) with a few simple steps before walking out of the door with suitcase in hand.
1. Do we need to leave the fridge on?
The fridge is one of the electrical appliances that consumes the most energy. Our advice is to empty it, unplug it and leave the door open. If you're going to be away for less than a week, another option is to set the thermostat to the lowest setting possible. In this way, an energy saving of up to 6% can be achieved for each degree raised.
2. Do we usually leave the boiler on?
An electric boiler can account for 25% of the electricity consumption within a home. For this reason, it's important to disconnect it when going away. It makes no sense to have the boiler connected to the mains and producing hot water, if no one is going to use it.
3. Devices on “stand-by”
It's thought that they consume nothing or very little, but the costs of appliances on stand-by can mean an annual increase in the energy bill of approximately €70. It’s important to realise that devices which are connected to the mains supply, consume electricity even when not in use.
4. Better, unplugged
Some devices don´t have a “stand-by” function and continue to consume electricity even when not being used. This is the case with telephones, thermostats, air-conditioning units, etc.
5. Switch off at the fuse box
If you want to make a 10% saving on your energy consumption, completely disconnect your home from the mains supply.
Saving energy is the easy way to reduce harmful emissions of CO2 (Carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. For every kilowatt hour of electricity that we save, we avoid the emission of roughly one kilogram of CO2 at the power station where the coal or oil is burnt to produce this electricity.
If it’s so easy to contribute to caring for the planet, why not? Disconnecting is a question of attitude and willpower. With just a few minutes of your time, you can save energy and reduce your electricity bill.
This year it’s time to “disconnect” x3, for your mental well-being, that of your wallet and that of our planet.
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