We have now entered the summer months with the temperatures slowly rising while in the next period the first 40 degrees will not be long in coming.
If you search the EAC website you will find tips for saving energy and money.
According to the EAC, in the summer months, it is preferable to use 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 summer in Cyprus is particularly hot, air conditioning is in many cases 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.
Also, we must ensure that parts of the house from which there is a possible loss of cooling, such as doors, windows, walls and roof, are adequately insulated. In this way we save up to 40% electricity.
Other ways to save energy
- We keep our refrigerator away from places where it can be seen the 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 last ten times longer.
- For cooking, we use a pressure cooker, as 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.
- We unplug small electrical appliances, such as chargers, when we are not using them.
- We prefer to switch off appliances, such as the TV, rather than we leave them in standby mode, since they are still consuming energy.