Saving energy is a win-win situation. You have less energy costs, but you also emit fewer emissions such as CO₂. This saves costs and the environment. There are many easy and effective things you can do to save energy. Here is a list of 10 tips.

1. Prevent standby consumption

According to an American study , an electronic device consumes 75% of its energy when it is on standby. But how can you know if a device is still using power? With some devices this is easy to see, such as the light that lights up on the television when it is on standby. Or the phone charger that feels warm in the socket, without a phone connected. A television can have up to €35 in standby consumption per year. There are easy ways to stop this. For example, pull the plug from the socket when you are not using the device. Or really turn the device off, so not on standby. Another easy way is a power strip with a switch. This allows you to switch off the power of multiple devices at once.

2. Replace bulbs for LED lighting

Even if the incandescent or halogen lamp still works well, it is smart to replace it. The purchase price of an LED lamp is higher, but it is easily earned back. An LED lamp is 85% more efficient than an incandescent lamp and 75% more efficient than a halogen lamp. In addition, an LED lamp lasts much longer, up to 9x longer than an incandescent lamp. This means you don’t have to buy a new lamp every time, saving both your wallet and the environment. LED lamps are available in all shapes, sizes and shades, so there is always one that suits you. When you leave the room, turn off the light.

3. Use energy efficient appliances

If a household appliance needs to be replaced, buy an energy-efficient version. The consumption of the appliances can be recognized by the mandatory energy label. Nowadays you choose A+++. It is often wrongly thought that A+ is an energy-efficient device. For washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, this is even the last label on the market. Economical devices are more expensive than the less economical variants, but you earn back the difference in power consumption. You can also save energy by paying attention to usage. Dry your clothes in the summer on a clothes rack instead of in the dryer.

4. Seal crevices and crevices

When there is a draft in your house, it does not feel comfortable. You are then often inclined to turn the heating up a degree. Of course you will use more energy as a result, but your house still does not feel pleasant due to the draft. Therefore, what works better is sealing crevices and cracks in your home. Simple ways are to use draft strips on windows and doors. Sometimes cracks appear in a frame over time, which can be remedied by sealing it shut.

5. Insulate

When there is no longer a draft in your house, you can still lose heat in your home in winter if it is not properly insulated. Examples of insulation are roof insulation, cavity wall insulation and floor insulation. Subsidies have been made available for these forms of insulation. Another way of insulating is HR++ double glazing, which keeps heat in and cold out. Want to know how much you save per insulation measure?

6. Install a Programmable Thermostat

You can save energy with a smart thermostat. You can program in advance when the heating will turn on and off again. So you can never forget to turn off your heating. A smart thermostat also often makes it possible to provide insight into consumption and you can control your heating remotely. You can also consider turning the heating down a degree and putting on a sweater, which also saves energy.

7. Heat pump

A heat pump is a sustainable alternative to a gas boiler for heating your home. A heat pump does not run on gas but on electricity and makes smart use of the heat already present in a source. This heat is used as energy to generate even more heat. That’s smart, because it saves electricity! There are different types of sources that can be used: outdoor air, water source or geothermal heat. More information about water pumps can be found here:

8. Use less water

When you use less water, you lower your water bill. When you use less hot water, you also lower your energy bill (gas, or electricity in the case of a heat pump). Your savings are then doubled. You can save hot water with an energy-efficient shower head, but also by taking a shorter or less frequent shower. You can also save energy by lowering the temperature. This can be done through the mixer tap, but also on the gas boiler/boiler/heat pump itself. You can save other water by purchasing an energy-efficient dishwasher or washing machine and using it efficiently. Before switching on these appliances, wait until they are full to avoid washing them more often.

9. Energy supplier

Pay attention to the rates of the energy supplier. This does not affect the consumption of your energy, but what you pay each month. In addition, your choice of energy supplier influences the type of electricity you receive. Not all energy providers supply sustainably generated power. When you choose a green energy supplier, the demand for coal and nuclear power plants decreases. When there is no longer any demand for gray electricity, the polluting power stations will eventually close. Yes, that won’t happen overnight, but with your choice of supplier you do have an influence on the demand side of the market.

10. Use solar energy

If you do use electricity, generate it yourself! This is possible with PV panels on the roof of your home. Excess electricity generated can be returned to the grid. You can also use solar energy to generate hot water with a solar boiler. You receive a subsidy for this form of solar energy. The hot water can be used as hot tap water from the tap, or to heat your underfloor heating or radiators.