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Smart tips for electricity

Electricity is an indispensible energy in daily life. To ensure sustainable development we have to be responsible in the way we use it. All it takes is a few simple eco-friendly gestures…

Get rid of halogen light bulbs

Get rid of halogen light bulbs

Do away with your living room halogen standing lamp that uses between 300 and 500W.

Opt for standing lamps equipped for a combination of low energy bulbs.

Energy-saving light bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than classic halogen bulbs, while eco-halogen bulbs use only 30% less.

Positioning your refrigerator

Positioning your refrigerator

Don’t put it near a heat source, or in a place where it’s in direct sunlight.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the space between the refrigerator and the wall, to ensure that there is a big enough gap for the cooling system to evacuate hot air.

Set the temperature of your refrigerator at +5°C and that of your freezer at -18°C. Regularly check the temperature with a thermometer as each unnecessary degree increases consumption by 5%.

Choose a low temperature wash cycle

Choose a low temperature wash cycle

Heating the water is the phase of your wash cycle that uses the most electricity. Yet clothes don’t need to be washed at a high temperature. Detergents these days contain active proteins which ensure clothes come clean at low temperatures.

However, it’s a good idea to run a hot wash every two months or so for the good maintenance of your machine.

Heat living areas at 19°C

CHeat living areas at 19°C

An over-heated home is unhealthy. Rather than turning up the heating, put on an extra sweater.

It is recommended to heat living areas (living room, kitchen) at 19-20°C and bedrooms at 16-17°C. High temperatures cause dry air and the development of allergies.

Also, a 1 degree increase leads to an additional 7% energy consumption.

Remember to switch off your computer

Remember to switch off your computer

The computer's CPU consumes more than 65% of the total energy used by your equipment. The monitor and peripheral devices (printer, scanner, box, ADSL) consume 15% and 25% respectively.

Annual consumption (2 hours a day – 365 days) of recent standard desktop models is around 60 kWh. In the case of a newish laptop, annual consumption is 45 kWh.

So remember to turn off your peripheral devices and monitor when they are not in use.