Energy efficient & ecological accommodation
Sensible and economic accommodation does not mean that you should abandon comforts, rather that you use them correctly and appropriately.
You do not need to live in the dark and cold, but on the other hand, using electricity unnecessarily or regulating the temperature by keeping the window open all the time is wasteful. In other words, avoid: unnecessary use of electricity and water as well as unnecessary airing etc.
- Do not waste energy unnecessarily! Turn the lights off and switch off equipment you are not using at that time.
- Do not leave equipment in the charger, if it is already charged.
- Avoid prolonged airing during the autumn’s heating season.
- Make sure the outer door to the staircase is closed properly, especially during the heating season.
- The standby mode is one of the largest users of unnecessary energy. It pays to switch off TVs, videos, computers, monitors and other equipment at the power switch.
Saving energy is an environmental deed that also saves money!
With sensible energy use, the energy consumption in the flat can be reduced by 10–15%. E.g. by lowering the room temperature by one degree, you can save 5% of the energy consumption.
One third of the home’s energy consumption goes to the home’s electrical devices and lighting, so do not keep devices plugged in if they are not needed!
When you buy a new domestic appliance, it pays to look at the device’s energy labelling. Incorrect placement, neglected service and incorrect use can also increase a new, energy efficient fridge’s energy consumption by over ten percent.
Reduced use of water saves energy! Do not let water run unnecessarily! Heating water constitutes one fifth of the home’s energy consumption.
When you use less hot water, you also save energy. The shower and flushing the WC use on average 160 litres of water every day, so it pays to avoid unnecessary water consumption!
Also wash the dishes and do the laundry economically. Always wash with full machines when possible; the machines’ standard programme consumes just as much whether the machines are full or half-full.