5x Saving on electricity

We might take electricity for granted sometimes, but that is not what Planet Earth likes. Only with a few tips as the ones below, not only can you save our home planet but also your wallet.

#1 Unplug home electronics

Electronic devices have played a crucial role in our life. Every day, we are surrounded by numerous electrical equipment from smartphones to unportable ones like a mixer or a coffee maker.

However, it is not necessary to keep your domestic appliances charged continuously. One simple way to save our environment is to unplug home appliances when they are unused. In this way, you save on electricity and avoid the electrical circuit overload (overcurrent) that might lead to equipment damage, or even worse, a fire!

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One small action could save you and your house from a lot of damage.

#2 Rely on nature as much as possible

You might not notice, but the sun could be your best friend in replacing some energy-hungry appliances.

For example, on a sunny day, let's forget about the curtains and leave your windows open. Nothing could beat the bright and shine natural light. It is good for your health and your home environment. Moreover, one switch-off may not mean too much to your monthly bill, but it does after 12 months. When a 60-watt bulb is turned off for at least 4 hours a day, you can save up to €10 over a year.

Another thing that you could do to take advantage of the sun is to dry your clothes naturally. Not only could sunlight bleach and disinfect your laundry better than the dryer, but it also helps your clothes smell much fresher!

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Don't let a sunny day go by without giving your clothes a dose of natural vitamin D.

#3 Replace light bulbs

Did you know that the life expectancy of incandescent light bulbs is shorter than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs)? Furthermore, those traditional bulbs consume about 20-75% more electricity compared to the energy alternatives.

Therefore, CFLs or LEDs light bulbs might cost you a little bit more at first, but in the long run, they are more economical for your pocket.

#4 Join Earth Hour

Earth Hour has no longer been a strange event to us, but not everyone remembers when and why it takes place. Normally held on the last Saturday of March, from 20:30 to 21:30 Earth Hour encourages people and organizations across the globe to speak up for the nature and future of planet Earth by switching off non-essential lights and electronic devices for 1 hour. This lights-off initiative was made by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia and first started in Sydney in 2007. It has become an international event a year later with over 400 cities participating, and the number of joined countries has been increasing significantly since then. According to WWF, in 2021, 192 countries and territories were Earth Hour's participants. This is one of the boldest movements to raise awareness of climate change and environmental challenges.

Therefore, joining Earth Hour is a great way to save on your electricity bills and act on sustainability matters. Be the change for your life and for your next generation!

#5 Maintenance on a basis

One final tip to conserve energy at home is to give your appliances some 'special care and treatment' every once in a while. Let's take your freezer as an example. When there is too much excessive ice inside the freezer, the icing system has to work extra to keep everything cold. Consequently, you also need to pay extra more for your energy costs. Therefore, it is important to defrost your freezer monthly. The same period applies to changing the filters for your dishwasher, washing machine, or air conditioner.

At Holland2stay, our technical, repair & maintenance team is always willing to help your 'every day a great stay'. If you have any problem with our furnished home appliances, don't hesitate to contact us via your online account!

Hang

written by Hang

As a travel freak who moved from Hanoi to Eindhoven, I love spending my day discovering new angles of this city and learning about the country from the locals. Hopefully, my articles would help you step-by-step entering the world of Dutch culture and make your every day in the Netherlands ‘a great stay’!