If we all want to live better, we have to start now. But don't settle for doing the minimum. It's about incorporating elements of sustainable living into our lives.
There are many possibilities. The formula of Four R's (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) is not the only one, although it is the best start.
Here are some suggestions for improving your home energy efficiency, which can help lower your household bills and reduce your impact on the environment.
You should not forget that with energy consumption you make our habits result in greenhouse gas emissions and overexploitation of natural resources.
- If you don't use the light, turn it off. You can light up the house according to your needs at any time; choose light colours for the walls and take advantage of natural light.
- Look for low consumption lamps or LEDs. They are more efficient and leave no residue. Don't forget to clean the lamps regularly.
- If you are going to buy a fridge, opt for the one with the letter A. Choose efficient appliances.
- Turn off the appliances and, if you can, unplug them as much as possible. This is a more efficient way of using energy in your home and saves you invisible consumption.
- Turn down the heating and air conditioning. You can reduce your electricity by up to 10% sometimes.
- During the night, always reduce the heating. It is better for your health and you also save energy.
- If you're willing to invest in energy efficiency for your home, one option is to insulate it. With insulation you can reduce heating costs by up to 40%. In winter, heating can account for more than 60% of a house's energy consumption.
- Another tool for energy efficiency in your home. The green energy of solar panels. The investment pays for itself in a short time and you will lower your electricity and gas costs a lot.
- Car sharing is an energy-saving way to travel. Car sharing with neighbours, friends or family saves fuel, pollutes less and helps to decongest the city.
- With the subway you will save fuel. It is perfect for short journeys.
- Walking or cycling for short journeys is best. Journeys of less than 3 kilometres are more expensive and pollute.
- Use the stairs in buildings. It will be good for your health and, keep this in mind 6 minutes in the elevator uses the same energy as a 60-watt light bulb on all day.