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Energy saving tips

How to save electricity at home

It’s easier than you might think to reduce household electricity consumption by changing your own actions. Even small changes can bring about great savings. Check out our tips below!

Save on heating and ventilation

You can save energy by reducing room temperatures, sealing windows and doors, and ventilating quickly with crossover. Lowering room temperature by one degree can save you up to five percent on heating costs.

You can save energy by reducing room temperatures, ensuring that windows and doors are properly sealed, and ventilating quickly with crossover. Reducing the room temperature by just one degree Celcius can save you up to five percent on heating costs.

Electricity savings tips for heating

Check that the thermostat is working properly. Older mechanical thermostats may not be able to react as quickly to temperature changes, meaning that room temperatures may vary greatly, and electricity consumption is increased.

When the fuel runs out, heating is usually transferred to electric resistances. Also, the burner bar or blockages in the heater may trigger electrical resistances. Make sure that there is sufficient fuel and maintain the heater at regular intervals, so that its power does not deteriorate.

You can save energy by introducing a suitable heat pump placed in the right spot. It is also important to remember regular maintenance of the heat pump, such as replacing the filter and adjusting settings.

If you want your geothermal pump to function with maximum efficiency, size is all important. If your geothermal pump is subdivided, part of the heat is generated using other heating methods, such as electric resistors. With a full-scale geothermal heat pump, the heat is produced entirely by geothermal heat, but it is possible that the toughest freezing will turn on in the toughest freezing temperatures

More information on heat pumps is available at Suomen Lämpöpumppuyhdistys' and Motiva's website.

A suitable floor heating temperature is between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius. You should remember that underfloor heating is not intended to heat the entire bathroom, but to make the floor surface slightly warm. You can check the surface temperature of the floor with a surface thermometer.

In the summer, it is advisable to turn off the pre and post-heating functions of the mechanical intake and exhaust air. For this type of system to operate efficiently, the ventilation unit should be serviced at regular intervals.

Other electricity saving tips for your home

Refrigerators consume the majority of the energy in the kitchen, but simple measures can reduce their consumption by up to one third.

  • Place the refrigeration appliances away from heat sources such as radiators or stoves.
  • Defrost the freezer regularly and check the condition of the seals.
  • Consider replacing your old refrigerator with new more energy-efficient one.

With a traditional electric sauna stove, preheating consumes about half of the electricity it takes to heat the sauna. The best thing to do therefore is to heat the sauna for many people at once instead of heating it more frequently for just a few people.

If you take a sauna every day or almost every day, an instantly-ready sauna stove is a good option. It retains constant heat in the stones, and its electricity consumption is from 2,000 to 3,000 kWh per year. With instantly-ready sauna stoves, the condition of the seals should be checked regularly because worn out seals increase the electricity consumption required to keep the stove always ready to use.

Domestic water heating forms a large proportion of the energy consumption of a household. Managing your hot water use can have a significant effect on your cost of living.

A large proportion of the energy consumption of televisions, computers, and other home electronics occurs when the devices are left on standby instead of fully powered down. Throughout their lifecycle, many devices end up consuming more electricity on standby than when they are actually in use. There are 8,760 hours in a year, and given a constant power consumption of one watt per appliance while on standby, this means about one euro per year is added to the electricity bill for each appliance. An extension cord equipped with a power switch is a handy option, as you can easily turn off several devices at once.

Around 20% of all electricity not used for heating by the average Finnish household is used for lighting. The best advice for cutting down the consumption of electricity used for lighting is very simple: turn off unnecessary lights.