Tips to use less energy at home, room by room

The Government announces this Thursday its sobriety plan
. Posted goal: reduce by 10% French energy consumption and avoid cuts gas or electricity this winter. What eco-gestures can you implement now to reduce your consumption at home and contain the rise in bills? Living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom… France Bleu gives you some tips to achieve it.

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Eco-actions to adopt at home.
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🏡 Throughout the house

Lower the temperature one degree

The largest item of household consumption, heating represents 65% of our energy bill, says the National Energy Advocate.

If you use electricity for heating, it is advisable to invest in a thermostat programmable (value from 60 to 250 euros) to adjust the temperature. This can save up to 15% on heating, estimates Ademe, the Ecological Transition Agency
who also recommends lower the heating in case of short absence and when the outside temperature is milder, put the heating on frost protection in case of prolonged absence and lower heating 1°Cwhich reduces its consumption by 7%.

The ideal average temperature, specifies the Agency, is 19°C inside the casing. An average to modulate according to the time of day. Ademe offers the following benchmarks:

  • rooms : 20 to 21°C in occupied living rooms; 16 to 17°C the rest of the time;
  • Bedrooms : 17°C recommended at night and when the room is unoccupied; 20°C when the room is occupied during the day;
  • Bathroom : 22°C recommended when showering; 16 to 17°C the rest of the time.

In general, several tips prevent heat loss:

  • close the blinds at night : Up to 60% heat loss through windows;
  • install thick curtains and shoot them at night;
  • close the doors poorly heated rooms;
  • place more door backgrounds in unheated rooms;
  • avoid plugging radiators and hang the curtains in front;
  • bleed radiators regularly to better transmit heat.

Also be sure to keep your boiler: lasts two to three times longer and consumes 10% less energy.

Use appliances outside of peak hours

If possible, it is recommended that you run your washer, dryer, or dishwasher on Rush hours. The dryer, in particular, is one of the appliances that consumes the most energy: 3,000 Wh.

Turn off electrical appliances that you do not use

Each French home has an average of several dozen electrical and electronic devices, according to Ademe. Computer, television, game console… Devices connected to the Internet or data networks are the ones that consume the most.

Activate power saving modes and above all completely turn off these devices instead of putting them on holdso you can allowsave up to 10% on your electricity bill (except heating). The same goes for the box: turned on continuously, it consumes as much as a small refrigerator in a year (between 20 and 30 euros*).

According to Ademe, the use of our digital devices does not only affect the bill: it represents 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 2.5% of those in France. A figure that could double in 2025. The most effective thing is to equip yourself with a power strip with a switch or a remote control to turn everything off easily.

📺 In the living room

The choice of devices. also makes a difference. The bigger the TV in your living room, the more it consumes: a 160cm (diagonal) TV uses as much energy as three or four 80cm TVs, for example.

in matter lighting, prefer LED, more durable, even light bulbs and avoid dark or thick lampshades They scatter little light. Getting into the habit of turning off the light when you leave the room also saves valuable money.

🍽 In the kitchen

Unsurprisingly, equipment makes a difference in this space as well. in the purchase, compare energy labels, allows to identify the appliances that consume less energy but also those that consume less water, in the case of the dishwasher. A refrigerator classified C instead of F consumes 50% less energy, for example.

To save money :

  • cover the pans to shorten cooking time and save 25% electricity or gas consumed;
  • use pans adapted to the size of the dishes ;
  • cut the electric plates a little before the end Cooking;
  • avoid opening the oven door too often to check if it is ready;
  • start cleaning with pyrolysis after cooking (the oven is already hot);
  • place your cold appliances away from heat sources (radiator, window well exposed to the sun, etc.);
  • defrost regularly the freezer and refrigerator (at least once every six months);
  • clean regularly the rear grill of the refrigerator;
  • let the food cool before putting them in the refrigerator;
  • avoid leaving your coffee maker on standby ;
  • if you have a dishwasher, not pre-washing the dishes and support green programs that consume up to 45% less electricity compared to the intensive program, and clean the filter regularly.

🚿 In the bathroom

In the bathroom, as in other rooms of the house, it is recommended to adapt the heating to your uses.

Limit your hot water consumption

  • I prefer them short showers to the bathrooms;
  • install on pc sparkling to reduce your consumption;
  • favor the cold position when you close the mixer taps.

Properly maintain and adjust your water heater

  • insulate the pipes and the hot water tank;
  • adjust the temperature water heater between 50 and 55°C ;
  • program the water heater Rush hours ;
  • turn off the water heater in case of absence of two or three days.

Use your washing machine efficiently

  • wash clothes at 30°Cconsumes three times less energy than washing at 90°C;
  • privilege low temperature or even cold cycles ;
  • spin the clothes as much as possible before putting it in the dryer;
  • as soon as possible, air dry your clothes (instead of in the dryer);
  • clean the filter regularly your washing machine;

🛌 In the bedroom

The bedroom is one of the spaces that requires less heating: a temperature 17°C it is recommended at night and when the room is unoccupied. To limit the sensation of cold, ventilate the room for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and at night: this reduces the level of humidity. Finally, as in the other living rooms, consider disconnect unused chargers.

* At Regulated Electricity Rate, with a power of 6 kVA (September 2022).

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