7 Tips for saving energy and money in summer 2021


7 Tips for saving energy and money in summer 2021

7 Tips for saving energy and money in summer 2021

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On the 22nd summer came back and we celebrated it in some parts of our country, such as Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Galicia, with the traditional "verbenas de San Juan", which kick-start many people's favourite time of the year.

However, the heatwave is a time of year when it is very easy to forget about energy saving because we are going on holiday somewhere or because we do not have the head to think much about it with all the heat and its ability to flatten us. That's why Lumisa is going to expand on a few tips that you could already see on our Instagram to help you consume less energy and make the most of the resources we have more efficiently.

1. The obvious one: turn off your appliances completely if you go on holiday

This one is a classic, but we should not neglect it. Whether you are going on holiday to the village, or you are lucky enough to be able to go on holiday to a paradisiacal setting, you should completely switch off all electrical appliances in your home that you do not need. That is to say, air conditioning, television, computers, printers...

2. Tame the wind: create air currents at home

In addition to being cool if you put yourself in the middle, you will avoid using the air conditioning. We recommend that you ventilate the house during the hours when the sun is not shining so that it stays cooler for longer without the need to turn on the air conditioning. If you can't get the wind to blow through your home, you can always use fans to create it artificially, as you will still use less energy than with air. Just remember to install mosquito nets if you don't want to be a mosquito feast.

3. Don't freak out Eskimo: air conditioning between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius

We've all come home with the hot flush of the year and needed to set the air conditioning to the lowest temperature the appliance allows. It is a logical reaction, but not at all efficient. Nor is it useful. Even if we are very hot, it is better to wait 2 or 3 minutes for your house to cool down to that temperature than to make your home suitable for penguin life. In fact, the Institute for Diversification and Saving (IDAE) recommends keeping it at 26 degrees. For every degree you lower it, you will increase consumption by 8%, so if your aim is to save on your bill all year round, don't do it.

4. If you are going to buy, do it well: B efficiency household appliances

If you have to buy an air conditioner or a fan, check that its energy label indicates that it is class B. These labels have recently been changed to make them more efficient. These labels have recently been changed to make their meaning more understandable. Whereas we used to have a scale from G to A+++, it has now been simplified to a scale of (least efficient) and (most efficient), although initially there will be no appliances in class A in order to make room for future products with better energy efficiency.

5. Move to the dark side: pull down the blinds and embrace the shadows

When the sun is hot, it is best to stay in semi-darkness, like in a cave. This will prevent your house from overheating and you will have to turn on the air conditioning to cool it down. In addition to windows, an awning is another good option to avoid even more sun exposure. Then, in the evening, when the atmosphere is cooler, you should uncover your home again and follow the first tip.

6. Cool off

Easy and simple, no frills. Do things that don't involve overexertion, walk in the shade, drink cold water or take advantage of the cooler moments outside to go for a walk. At home, take showers with water 1°C below your usual temperature, avoid large meals that cause heartburn and opt for fresh recipes, such as pasta salad or gazpacho. You can also choose to put your clothes or sheets in the fridge (in a plastic bag or something to cover them, please) to get that nice feeling when you wear them.

7. Sun, sunshine... Make the most of natural light and leave artificial light for when it is necessary

In summer there are many hours of sunshine a day, so try to make the most of them without using artificial lighting unless necessary. Also, bear in mind that if you have contracted your electricity bill with Lumisa, the hours when you will need electricity to light your home coincide with peak hours, i.e. when the price of energy and power are cheapest, from 12 to 8 am.

Find out more about the new tariffs applied from 1 June in our blog article.


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