In Finland heating amounts for 50 % of all household energy consumption. That is why it is important to pay attention to measures in energy saving. Small changes in your energy consumption habits can help you to save euros and the environment. Here are some tips to a more energy efficient life.
1. Avoid heat loss
Close your curtains and blinds at night. That amounts to an extra glazing.
2. Use fire places for extra heating
If you have a heat-storing fire place or a baking oven, use it in cold weather preferably little beforehand so the need for heating is smaller. Especially in the houses heated by electricity, the use of heat-storing fire place reduces considerably the costs of heating.
3. Always turn off lights and electrical appliances when you leave the room
By paying attention to lighting you can save a lot. Always turn off the lights that are not needed. Use timer to turn off decorative lights at the darkest and brightest hours of the day.
4. Two hours of pre-heating is enough for the car even in very cold weather
Pre-heating the car is important, but it should not be used in vain. Half-an-hour to two hours is enough depending on how cold it is. The use of timer is recommended so that the heating is turned on only the time wanted. The use of an inside heater is the most effective in a little frost when the moisture condensates and freezes tightly into the car windows.
5. Set the room temperature to suit the purpose of the room
Reducing the room temperature by one degree amounts for 5 per cent save in the annual energy consumption. Recommended room temperature is 20–21 degrees centigrade. Rooms that are not used can be kept somewhat cooler. In storage-rooms and garages 5–12 degrees centigrade is adequate. If you are away for several days the room temperature should be reduced by several degrees. Ventilation should also be turned smaller.
6. Keep the under-floor heating only a few degrees warmer than the room temperature
In houses using district-heating, electrical under-floor heating wastes often money. If the under-floor heating is turned on too high, it begins replacing the district heating as a primary heating method of the house.
7. Look out for draught in walls, windows and doors
Seal windows and doors. Small changes can save a lot.
8. Ventilate the rooms with quick cross draught
Ventilate only when needed and close the windows when leaving home.
9. Check the condition and settings of heating and ventilation devices
Air the radiators, balance the water flow in heating network, check the ventilation, renew the settings board for heating and check the correct settings for heating and ventilation devices.
10. In your housing organization pay attention to ways to save
For example changing the heating method to a more energy-efficient one or updating district heating central can affect the energy consumption. Also changing the ventilation to a heat recovery model can cut down the energy-costs.
By saving water you also save the environment – and also money. In saving water, the most important thing is to change your attitude: even though here in Finland we still have clean nature and plenty of fresh water, it is not possible to make water drinkable without energy. Here are five tips to save water:
1. Don’t let the water run in vain when washing up or doing the dishes
Showering for two minutes spends about 24 litres of water. 10 minutes in a shower raises the water consumption to 120 litres.
2. Wash only full loads
You don’t have to pre-wash dishes under the running water. It is enough to scrape the left-overs to a compost.
3. Use half-load or economy programs
When you use economy programs you also save electricity in addition to water. But remember the tip number two which enables you to save the environment most.
4. Don’t waste warm water
Heating the water takes about one-third of heating costs in a house. By saving warm water you also save in heating costs!
5. Fix leaking taps and toilets right away
A leaking tap runs down the drain annually about 80 euros and a leaking toilet about 800 euros.