Six Ways to Save Energy and Save You Money
Reducing the energy we use in our homes is important for the future of our planet – and can also benefit each of us in our pockets.
In France the typical household spends €1,700 a year on heating – electricity, wood and gas. By making a few adjustments to the way we live, we could help to lower our energy consumption and save money. Below are a few tips:-
- Install insulation. Many of us in France live in older, characterful stone properties – however because of their age and construction they can be cold and poorly insulated. On average, roofs and walls lose between 25-30% of heat without insulation – representing a significant potential energy saving.
- Use LED lights in your home. These use 90% less energy than normal bulbs and can last 10-20 times longer. And don’t forget to switch off any lights when you leave the room…
- Turn fridge/freezers onto a high setting so that the refrigeration does not need to work so hard – and it uses less energy.
- Drink less tea. No – only joking. However, if you only boil the water you need in your kettle, you will save a few centimes in water and electricity.
- Switch off the Standby. Did you know you could save up to around €80 a year by turning off your television or computer at the mains rather than pushing the stand by button?
- Invest in Smart Energy controls. Nowadays you can control your appliances with a mobile app – from wherever you are. It is also possible to install systems which allow you to have variable room temperatures, making a more efficient use of energy.
These are just a few tips – why not tell us some of yours?
In October 2020, the French government launched a new grant scheme to help households improve the thermal efficiency of their homes. Click here for further information.
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