Why save energy at home? Because about 30% of carbon dioxide emissions are derive from our daily activities that we normally do at home.
With the right energy-saving measures, we can reduce these emissions by around two-thirds and save energy without drastically changing our lifestyle.
Saving energy can become part of our daily routine easily and without particular efforts or sacrifices, without worsening the quality of everyday life and improving that of our planet. Here are the 10 tips to save energy and reduce wasting our planet’s resources.
Isolate the Roof of Your Home
About a third of heat losses occur due to a slightly insulated roof. Insulating the attic allows you to drastically reduce this waste of resources and save energy by lowering your bills. To insulate your roof, you can use different materials, the cheaper one is the glass fiber that is sold in large rolls and is easy to install. However, this material can be harmful to health because of the chemical agents it is made of, so we recommend using natural insulating materials made from sheep’s wool (Therma Fleece), recycled newspapers (Warmcel is the most famous company ), hemp or thread fibers or waste from the pressed wood industry. If you are worried about costs, consider the Eco bonus and tax deductions
Isolate the Walls of your Home
Most of the houses built in the last century have empty walls formed by two layers of bricks interspersed with a cavity. Filling this cavity with two layers of insulating material is simple and cheap and within two years, you could recover the money spent on operation in terms of much lower bills. The wall is filled and filled with insulating material to fill the cavity. To isolate the walls of the house, you can also apply a layer of insulating material directly on the interior walls, but this second technique is less effective in saving energy, even if it is certainly cheaper. You can also do it yourself
The old windows that let the drafts go are responsible for about a fifth of the heat that we lose every day from our homes. To save energy, we recommend placing a draft profile around the windows with comfortable adhesive strips. Do not forget that the drafts also come from the doors, both internal and external, so remember to apply the anti-draft profiles here too. To save energy, it is also a good idea to have double-glazed windows, which reduce heat losses by half. Furthermore, if you place the windows to the south, you can also benefit from the heat produced by the sun, the so-called solar energy.
Porches and Verandas
Porches and verandas help reduce waste and save energy, as they form intermediate areas between the outside and the inside. In fact, the entrance doors that give onto the road let cold air pass every time they are opened, drastically reducing our efforts to save energy and heat. A closed veranda, in addition to being an effective way to maximize the benefits of the sun in winter is also an ideal place to grow plants and flowers, where to sit and rest on warm days and increases the economic value of your home.
Use the Thermal Mass
What is thermal mass? Everyone will have entered a castle or church on a very hot day and felt cool inside. This is because these buildings have a very high thermal mass, which means that the stones they are made of take a long time to warm up and cool, thus regulating temperature inside. This type of buildings are made of insulating material, able to maintain a homogeneous, constant and comfortable indoor temperature, even if the outside temperatures are very variable. Materials with a high thermal mass include: bricks, concrete, stone and water. If you use this type of construction material for your home, saving energy will be easier.
Ecological Light Bulbs
The choice of green light bulbs is a great way to save energy and lower your electricity bill. The low-consumption light bulbs are easy to find and are suitable for any type of lamp or chandelier. The old incandescent bulbs consume up to four times more than the new ones.
Check the Electricity
Electricity bills are very complex to read and it is not always intuitive to identify the periods of greatest consumption. An effective way to monitor the waste of resources and the efforts you are making to save energy is to read the meter through a device that shows you in real time the energy consumption on your mobile device. In any case, electricity suppliers make their app available to their customers, from which they can easily retrieve historical data on billed consumption such as the BeGreen App of Green Network Energy.
Low Consumption Devices and Other Devices
A very important thing to do to save energy is to choose appliances and devices with low energy consumption. Durable consumer goods are responsible for around 40% of energy consumption in our homes. Thanks to the energy label, we can choose appliances with the words A +, A ++, A +++ which are the ones that have the most energy savings. Regarding the electronic devices (TV, DVD players, video games, smartphones, TV decoders, etc.) our advice is to try not to abuse them since they absorb about 45% of the energy we use. Try to choose only the devices that you really need or that you just cannot do without.
Beware of Computers
Turn off all electronic devices that you are not using. This may seem like a foregone tip, but often laptops and computers are left on or on stand-by for hours or nights. Attention also to printers, scanners, TV and DVD players, which often remain turned on: If you are not sure you have turned them off, unplug!
Choose a Supplier of Light Energy and Ecological Gas
One last tip is about choosing your light and gas energy supplier for your home. Today, thanks to the free energy market, you can choose the supplier that offers you better prices and conditions. If you want to save energy and respect the environment, choose offers that include the possibility of receiving energy from renewable sources.