By eliminating unnecessary habits, we can save quite a lot of energy, without compromising comfort. Do any of the below habits sound familiar to you? Could you do things differently next time?
“Sleeping in a cold room improves your sleep quality, so it’s nice to keep the window open, even in the winter.”
You should lower the room temperature instead. When the apartment has well-functioning forced ventilation, there is no need for extra airing. If you nevertheless want to air the apartment every now and then, do it quickly with a cross draught. A couple of minutes is enough.
“It’s so atmospheric to spend a dark, winter evening on my glazed balcony drinking mulled wine under the patio heater.”
Outdoor spaces should not be used as an extension of the indoor spaces if additional heating is required. Heating glazed balconies during the heating season and especially during this energy saving campaign is a waste of energy. You should keep the balcony glazing and door closed in the winter.
“I sometimes leave the tap running when washing my teeth.”
Turn off the tap and use a toothmug!
“My TV is on all the time on the background. It feels comfortable that my home is filled with lively sounds.”
Switch off your electrical devices when they are not used. Create the sounds of living in your home through more energy-friendly ways – maybe you could invite your neighbour for a cup of coffee?
“It’s so dark in the winter that it’s nice to have lights on everywhere.”
Switch the lights off in rooms that are empty.
“The freezer is so full of ice that nothing fits in.”
A stuffed freezer is not functioning efficiently. A full freezer also consumes more electricity as the compressor must work extra hard. When the frost accumulation exceeds 0.5 cm, the freezer should be defrosted. Defrosting is easy to do in the winter temperatures when you can move the frozen products to your balcony for the duration of the defrosting.
Lumo homes is participating in the Down a Degree campaign organised by Motiva, the Energy Authority, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of the Environment and Sitra.
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