just a few new habits will help you save a lot

“How much do vampire lights cost at home?” Here are those that light up when the TV or monitor is turned off, in switches when the light is off, oven clocks, etc. It’s not much, right?”, Gailė Juozapaitytė, an associate partner of the TGS Baltic law firm, who has been specializing in the field of energy for ten years, asks rhetorically.

When all of Europe is talking about energy saving measures, G. Juozapaitytė advises each of us to think about how we can contribute to this.

“At first glance, these are elementary measures that either seem self-evident, or the question arises, how much can be saved here with such measures?”

Just recently I got a very good answer on how little things contribute to energy efficiency. During the year I was at Harvard, the vampires in the house used almost 800 kWh of electricity. I turned off the big appliances when I left, but vampires didn’t even occur to me. So it turns out that small things really have a big effect over a long period of time”, the lawyer shares her experience.

G. Juozapaitytė advises to review the recent recommendations of the Ministry of Energy on how to save energy at home and in business, and to apply the most relevant measures.

Practice shows that we can save 10% with rational management. and more energy and reduce your costs accordingly. There are two main principles that can be used to significantly reduce electricity consumption. One is to purchase and use only energy-saving electrical appliances, the other is to turn on appliances only when they are in use.

“Sustainable energy consumption, especially in the context of Russian aggression, is the ambition of the entire European Union. The goal is to reduce the amount of energy consumed by at least 15 percent. compared to the last five years. It is necessary to understand that with daily small actions we all contribute in a very real and concrete way to the achievement of this goal”, says G. Juozapaitytė.

Electricity items

1. Replace old electrical appliances with new, energy-saving household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, air conditioners, etc.) that are of high efficiency class. The efficiency class is denoted by letters from A to G. Class A household appliances are the most economical, and class G is the least economical. The most economical refrigerators are A+ and A++ classes. Buy office equipment (computers, monitors, printers, copiers) with the Energy Star label.

2. Unplug electrical appliances when not in use. A TV or other modern home appliance, left in “standby mode” (the device is not turned off completely, that is, it can be turned on remotely at any time), consumes much more electricity than you think. If the device’s light is on, it means that energy is still being used!

Refrigerator

1. Don’t buy a bigger fridge than you need – energy is also needed to refrigerate empty shelves.

2. Choose the optimal temperature in the refrigerator and freezer – +3.5 degrees in the refrigerator and -18 degrees in the freezer. Do not put hot or warm food in the refrigerator. They will need to use more electricity to cool them. Food should be cooled to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. Do not keep the refrigerator open for too long. Think about what you want to get out of it first before opening the door. Frequently opened refrigerator doors increase electricity consumption.

3. To thaw the food taken out of the freezer, leave it on one of the lower shelves of the refrigerator: by using the released cold, you will reduce the refrigerator’s workload (a kilogram of frozen meat that is thawed releases cold, which requires the refrigerator to use electricity for an hour).

4. Thaw the freezer if a 5 mm layer of ice has formed. The more ice in the freezer, the more electricity is used.

5. Place the refrigerator (freezer) in a cool place, as far as possible from direct sunlight, stoves and heating devices. Try to leave enough space behind and above the refrigerator or freezer for air circulation, do not pile things on top of them. The cooling grill behind the appliance must always be clean, as must the rubber seals on the door. Replace them if they no longer provide a seal.

Washing machine and iron

1. Wash only when the washing machine is fully loaded and select the economical washing mode – you will use less water and electricity to heat it. Set the lowest possible water temperature. If you have installed a dual time zone electricity meter, do laundry only at night and on weekends.

2. Iron all clothes at the same time. The iron uses the most electricity during heating.

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