We would like to introduce to you a number of useful tips and advices on saving electricity, heat and gas.
1. Use the small lamps, when there is no need for general lights. Replace incandescent bulbs for energy-saving bulbs.Although energy-saving (fluorescent) bulbs cost 10 times more than incandescent bulbs, their lifespan is 15 times longer and they consume in 4-5 times less energy. This happens bacause fluorescent barely heat, and they consume nergy just to light, not heat. Also, you can use efficient LED light bulbs. The average lifespan of the regular incandescent bulb is approximately 1 000 hours, fluorescent - 15 000 hours, LED - 50 000 hours.
2. Unplug all electronic devices, that remain in a standby mode for a long time.Appliances consume energy even though they remain in a standby mode. Such appliances as TV, stereo, VCR and "forgotten" charger would consume an additional 300-400 kW-h over the year, when plugged all at the same time. Of course, there is no point of turning computer on and off all the time, if it is used throughout the day. It may negatively impact its functionality; however, during the breaks it is recommended to turn off the screen, or transfer the computer into the sleeping mode. Such devices as printers and scanners should be plugged only when they needed.
3. Install the refrigerator properlyRefrigerator- is one of the major electricity consumers in our homes. If you want to save on electricity, do not install it next to the radiator or gas stove. Refrigerator will consume 20-30% less energy, if you install it near the outer wall, but not close to it. The larger the air gap between the back wall of the refrigerator and the wall, the lower the temperature of the heat exchanger, and the more efficient it works. The ice in the fridge works as a heat insulator rather than a cooler; thus, the fridge must be defrosted periodically, and it will prevent the formation of ice.
4. Check the conditions of the stove.If you have an electric stove, ensure that the burners are not deformed, and fit with the bottom of the cookware tightly. It will prevent from unnecessary consumption of heat and electricity. The cookware with uneven bottom can cause an excess electricity consumption by up to 40-60%. Use the cookware with bottom which is equal or slightly higher than the burner diameter. Cover the dishes with a lid. Electric stove- is the most wasted household appliance. The proper use of electric. If the TV consumes aproximately 300 kW-h over the year, refrigerator around 450 kW-h, then electric stove- is more than 1000kW-h.