How to increase energy efficiency and savings in your rental home?
Know where to act to increase the energy efficiency of your home, whether you are renting or owning it, and save on your bill.
Energy efficiency is synonymous with saving for our pockets, so more and more consumers are trying to take measures in their homes to reduce their energy consumption without sacrificing quality of life. In this article we tell you how to achieve this with a series of measures.
Start saving with your rate
On many occasions, when we move to a new home we inherit the rate from the previous tenant which may not suit our energy needs and yet we do not change it. By not taking this step, what we are doing is having a rate of light or gas that is not the best for our consumption this year, 2019. For this reason, we have to choose a company and a rate that fits our consumption. Choosing the best electric company is not easy, therefore we recommend using a tariff comparator so that this task is not so complicated and, above all, it is essential to know the characteristics of our supply.
Also, keep in mind that changing company is very simple whether it is the marketer: Endesa, Iberdrola, Repsol or anyone else. If you have one of Endesa’s rates you can modify it through Mi Endesa or go to another company to hire it and she herself will contact the previous one.
Measures for energy efficiency
Here’s what you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency and start noticing it on your bill right away:
- Appliances: they are one of the most responsible for all the energy consumption of a home. Technological advances have made them work at the same level but consume much less. This performance is marked on its labelling, which is classified from A to G, the first letter of the alphabet being the best energy efficiency.
- LED lights: changing all bulbs to LED will cause the electric bill to be greatly reduced. Everything is advantageous with this mode: life of 50,000 hours (a traditional one has 2,000), consume 80% less energy, reduce CO2 emissions and contain no mercury, so they are environmentally friendly.
- Insulation: locating the places through which the heat or cold of our home leaks, the so-called thermal bridges, and working for its elimination will make that we do not need more air conditioning devices to maintain it. It can act on walls, floors, ceilings, windows… U decoration objects such as carpets and curtains.
- Heating temperature: if we keep the temperature stable (it is recommended 21º degrees in winter and 24º in summer) we will avoid a part of the energy consumption. According to experts, each degree of more accounts for 7% more energy consumption.
- Natural materials: when buying furniture, if they are made of natural materials it will save energy because they need less treatment and are also renewable materials. Likewise, its durability is much greater. Some examples are: wood, marble, clay, etc. Find out more here
- Re-use: energy efficiency can also be combined with handicrafts and is that one way to save money (and energy) is to reuse furniture or objects. Sometimes they just need a layer of paint and sometimes look at them from another perspective to give them a new use.