In view of the ongoing energy crisis, the topic of saving resources is more relevant than ever before. Find out here which simple changes you can make in your household to save water and energy in the short term and without major restrictions in Bet20.
Do you still take warm showers or are you already hardened by cold showers? Saving energy often means saving water, because water heating is the second largest source of energy consumption in the household. However, the extent of energy consumption by hot water is often underestimated. Depending on the type of water heating, the average energy consumption in a German 2-person household varies between 730 and 3,710 kilowatt hours per year. That can be quite expensive. And real energy guzzlers are often hidden in the kitchen, too. The following points will help you identify these energy hogs. You can implement the tips very easily.
WHERE AND HOW TO SAVE ENERGY
Saving energy in the kitchen – Identify unnecessary energy guzzlers:
1. Energy-saving appliances: Look at the energy consumption of your kitchen appliances, such as refrigerator, dishwasher or stove. Are they already old and replaceable? Then it’s worth investing in buying new appliances with an energy efficiency rating, such as A or B. The lower energy consumption will save you money.
2. Correct size of pots and pans: Do your pots or pans fit exactly on the stovetop? If not, always try to find the right diameter so you don’t waste unnecessary energy. Using a matching lid also saves energy. With a lid on the pot, the pasta water starts boiling faster and the soup is heated in no time.
3. Use residual heat: Stove and oven on until the end? That’s not necessary at all! Instead of leaving the stove top and oven on full until the end of cooking and baking time, turn the appliances down or turn them off beforehand. That way, you’ll use the remaining heat and the dishes will still cook.
4. Dishwasher vs. hand washing: Not every kitchen has room for a dishwasher. But for energy-saving reasons, the dishwasher is more efficient than washing dishes by hand, especially with Eco wash cycle. Because modern dishwashers are very efficient and use less water than hand washing.
5. LED bulbs: Applies to the entire household – LED bulbs consume less energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs. So when the next light bulb breaks, it’s worth buying an LED lamp.
Energy consumption in the bathroom – you can save yourself the trouble.
1. Goodbye standby: Many bathroom appliances, such as electric shavers or toothbrushes, have a standby mode. This draws energy even when the appliance is not in use. The solution: Simply unplug the appliance – this saves energy and thus also costs.
2. Water-saving toilet flush: a toilet cistern with two buttons saves water. The small button flushes with less water, while the larger button flushes a larger amount of water.
3. Turn off faucet: Does the water have to run while you brush your teeth or soap your hands? No. Don’t let the water run out of the faucet unnecessarily.
4. Water-saving showerhead: The simplest solution is a water-saving showerhead. Easy to install, it reduces water consumption by up to 50 percent.
5. Drying hair: If you don’t want to do without a hair dryer, it’s still worth pre-drying your hair well with a towel. The hair dryer is then used for a much shorter time. In this way, you also save energy directly.
The above tips will give you inspiration on how you can save energy and water in the bathroom and kitchen in everyday life. With the right products, such as water-saving faucets or thermostats, saving water and energy is even easier.