In recent years, the fight against climate change and the environmental crisis have raised awareness of the need to be more sustainable. Today, more and more people are concerned about reducing their footprint on the environment and, as a result, are deciding to make choices in their daily lives that are consistent with this new lifestyle, including in the home, through a design that is more connected to nature and prioritizing energy savings.
4 tips to save energy at home
Saving energy is not only a question of financial savings, but also of impact. Saving energy at home benefits homeowners by reducing the cost of energy bills, but it is also important to feel that we are doing something for the planet. And it is not only a question of habits, it also depends on design issues and the choice of appliances.
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Here are 4 tips to help you save energy at home:
Buy modern appliances
New, modern appliances make your kitchen more attractive and aesthetically pleasing, but they also have an energy advantage, as those with an A energy label save energy and have a lower impact on the environment.
Look after radiators
Good home design will never cover radiators with other furniture, because air-conditioning your home is almost as important for energy saving as having the right light bulbs that use less energy. If you cover them up, the heat will not come out properly and the house will not reach the right temperature. It is also important to keep them clean and in good condition.
Have large windows
Having large windows saves a lot of energy by providing a lot of natural light. The use of large windows is very typical of designs such as Scandinavian, which try to take care of the environment in a minimalist way.
Avoid silent consumption
Switching off electronic devices when they are not in use is probably the most recommended action to save energy at home. The television, the coffee machine or the stereo are some of the devices that we tend to leave plugged in all the time; but unplugging them would save up to 10% of our consumption.
How to get an energy certificate for your home?
You may now be wondering how you can check that you’ve done everything right, if there is a certificate to prove that your home is sustainable, and the answer is yes. It used to be voluntary and very few people knew what it was, but it is becoming more and more popular, as it is compulsory for selling or renting.
To get it, you simply call a technician who will inspect your home and they will draw up a report on the energy efficiency of your home which will have a note and must be registered with a competent body, either by you or by the technician themselves, for it to be valid.
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