10+4 tips to save money ahead of the summer season
Air conditioners are now used daily in Cyprus as the temperature rises more and more, which leads to increased energy consumption. The EAC on its website lists advice for less consumption and greater economy in view of the summer season and suggests, among other things, the use of a fan instead of an air conditioner, as air conditioners consume large amounts of electricity, resulting in a steep increase in the electricity bill.
10+4 tips to save energy
- In the summer months, we prefer the use of a fan instead of the air conditioner, as it consumes significantly less energy. Air conditioners consume large amounts of electricity, especially during peak hours, causing the electricity bill to skyrocket.
- Because the summer in Cyprus is particularly hot, the air conditioner in many cases is a necessity. We do frequent maintenance to reduce consumption by up to 30% and set it to 26oC. Each degree lower consumes 7% more electricity for cooling/heating.
- We make sure that parts of the house from which there may be a loss of cooling, such as doors, windows, walls and roof, are adequately insulated. In this way, we save up to 40% of electricity.
- By doing frequent maintenance of heating installations, we reduce energy consumption by up to 30% and consequently have a reduced electricity bill.
- We prefer the solar water heater, as unlike the electric one, it does not consume electricity.
- We don't forget the water heater on. For our own convenience, but also to reduce the electricity bill, we set a reminder on our cell phone or a timer on the device.
- We keep our refrigerator away from places where people can see it. sun or devices that generate heat, since they can increase energy consumption by up to 30%. Also, we make sure to defrost often and remember to always close the door.
- We replace compatible light bulbs with LED bulbs, which reduce energy consumption by up to 70% and have ten times the lifespan.
- For cooking, we use a pressure cooker, as with this way we save 30%-60% energy, but also time.
- Washing clothes and dishes is an integral part of our daily life. To reduce energy and water consumption, we fully fill the washing machines before each use and wash at the lowest possible temperature.
- An electric iron consumes as much energy as 10 100 watt light bulbs. Ironing synthetic clothes with a warm iron, or folding large clothes before ironing, such as sheets, we can achieve great savings.
- Unplug small electrical appliances, such as chargers, when we are not using them.
- We prefer to turn off devices, such as the TV, rather than leave them in standby mode, since they are still consuming energy.