Feature Report: Everyday Energy

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In Our Daily Lives: Everyday Energy-Saving Tips

We can all reduce our energy use — and save money in the process — simply by changing a few habits in our day-to-day lives. Numerous websites offer tips on how to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, including one managed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).1

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Alongside housing and consumer goods, transportation is another area where consumers can save energy to reduce their energy bills and shrink their carbon footprintThe carbon footprint (also known as greenhouse gas inventory) of a good or service measures the impact human activities have on the environment ... (See Close-Up: "At Home: Energy Performance Certificates").

Home Habits

Heating accounts for more than two-thirds of a home’s energy consumption. Heating-related energy bills can be reduced by:

  • Turning the thermostat to a lower but still comfortable temperature. Heating a room to 19°C instead of 20°C, for example, reduces energy consumption by 7%.
  • Closing the shutters and turning down the heating at night and when you go out.
  • To reduce the need for air-conditioning, keep the shutters closed on very hot days and air your home after dark.
  • It is also a good idea to limit your hot water system to 60°C and to take showers rather than baths.

You can also reduce energy consumption by:

Leaving electronic devices in standby mode can increase electricity consumption by 10%

Consumer Choices

 

Source:

(1) ADEME (French only)