We all are familiar with that sinking feeling we get when the electric bill comes. It’s the feeling of money being drained out of our pockets. With bills averaging to about 4000-5000 ALL per month, our ability to pay them on time decreases. To that end, AgroWeb is going to guide you on how to save money with little effort to avoid the headache of utility bills piling up. With these simple and practical tips, you can effectively reduce your energy consumption from 1% to 7% (which would depend on a number of active electric appliances) and save between 11% and 35% on the actual bill.

1. Stand by

Electric appliances constantly plugged in consume energy, even when they are in the switched-off mode. In most houses, television sets are plugged in all year around. In fact, leaving the TV plugged in at all times, consumes around 73 KWH. And that’s just your TV, what about the rest of the household appliances?

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 8%
Saving tip: Leave the electric appliances unplugged.
Post-action result in savings: 1%

2. Refrigerator

When it comes to refrigerators’ energy efficiency classification, European Union has already came up with further sub-categorization of A class, which now comes in A+, A++, A+++. The last sub-category offers up to four times more efficiency in terms of energy use. When conducting lab testing of refrigerators, the G class ones normally consume up to 781 KWH, with the A class consuming less than 188 KWH per year.
To ensure optimum function, a refrigerator must be positioned in a cool area. For each one degree above 20°C, efficiency drops by 6%. Refrigerator normally maintains the storing temperature between +5°C and – 18 °C. Lastly, if a refrigerator has been in use for more than 10 years, it loses its energy efficiency.

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 22%
Saving tip: Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources, keep the ventilation areas properly maintained, and keep the thermostat at 4-6 °C. In case you are thinking to purchase a new refrigerator, check out the A+++ class without the freezing option.
Post-action result in savings: 1%

3. The washing machine

A class washing machines are twice more efficient, than their counter-parts. A washing machine that is used twice a week (about 104 washes per year) with a total of 5 kg of laundry washed at 60°C, in the case of G class, consumes up to 507 KWH, while the A class consumes less than 247 KWH. Additionally, the pre-wash programs generally wastes a ton of energy, therefore washing your laundry at high temperatures and using the pre-wash option when not needed, should be avoided. Keep in mind, that the choice of laundry detergent also affects the energy efficiency of your washing machine.

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 7%
Saving tip: Keep the temperature ≤ 40°C. In case of deciding to buy a new washing machine, opt for the A+++ class with a double option (cold/warm). Keep filters and boilers clean.
Post-action result in savings: 0.5%-2%.

4. Stove

The first advice would be: go for the gas stove option. It would most certainly save your utility bill. If stuck with the electric option, the A class offers double efficiency. A stove that has either glass or ceramic top is generally 40% more efficient.

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 5%
Saving tip: Always keep your stove clean. Keep the integrity of the system in check to prevent energy loss. Control the temperatures in the oven, cook as many things as possible at the same time. Use the proper cookware. When shopping for a new stove, go for the A class one with the ventilation option.
Post-action result in savings: 0.5%-1%

5. Air conditioner

Air conditioner is one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the house. In the case of air conditioners, proper use and positioning becomes extremely important. The AA class offers savings up to 0.3 more times, than the G class. An air conditioner with cooling power of 5.7KWH, which is used 500 hours per year, consumes 1295 KWH in G class and less than 734-890 KWH in AA class. An air conditioner also spends more energy in heating mode, than in cooling. For each one degree down, 6% of energy is saved. As in the case of stove maintenance, keep the integrity of the system in check to avoid energy drain.

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 15%
Saving tip: In case of buying a new air conditioner, choose the one with the inverter technology. Be careful to install it away from heat sources.
Post-action result in savings: 1%-2.5%

6. Lighting

LED light bulbs are the answer to those who want to save. These lamps are also known as ‘economic ones’. They consume 80% less energy, compared to incandescent ones.

What can be done?

The amount of energy consumed: 13%
Saving tip: Avoid misuse. Replace your light bulbs with more efficient ones.
Post-action result in savings: 10-80%.

7. Water heater

There are two saving techniques with regards to water heaters. First is to choose the positioning carefully, as close as possible to the sink/ shower/ bathtub. Second is to program the water heater to 55-60°C, which proves very effective. Also keep in mind that filling the bathtub consumes three times more electricity, than using the shower.