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, one of the most comprehensive of which is managed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).1

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Below are a few simple tips on how to save energy in the home. Don’t forget that transportation is another area where you can significantly reduce your consumption (see Close-Up: “On the Move: More Environmentally Friendly Transportation”).

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

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%.
  • Turning down the heating at night or when you go out and closing the shutters.
  • 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:

According to ADEME, you consume 50% less energy by washing your laundry at 30°C instead of 60°C, and 25% less by washing it at 40°C. If you choose the economy setting on your dishwasher, you use 45% less electricity per cycle. And not using your clothes dryer can reduce your annual electricity consumption by 15%.

Consumer Choices

Follow these tips:

 

 

Source:

(1) Eco-citizens - ADEME (in French only)