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Thursday 17 August 2017
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Saving energy while moving

New city, new neighborhood, new housing and if we took advantage to take new habits? Small everyday gestures can make the difference to reduce your energy costs, and on your bill!

Before signing your lease or bill of sale, consider taking a look at the energy performance of your home. The old houses are certainly charming but are generally very energy-intensive.

Moving can be the opportunity to get rid of its aging appliances  so to replace them, for example, with newer equipment. However, fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are not objects like any other and you cannot get rid of them anyhow. In effect these devices contain several polluting materials (plastics, metals, minerals) that require special attention during their lifetime.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET RID OF HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES:

Before a move, we advise you to make a small audit of your appliances to determine if you want to keep them. It would be a bit silly to move a heavy object if you are going to get rid of it a few months later. Especially since the volume in m3 is one of the price criteria of a move. That is why you will lower the bill if you get rid of the old furniture. To do this, several solutions are available to you.

WELL LAID OUT FOR LESS CONSUMPTION

By moving into your new home, well-arranged devices can save you energy. For example, it is wise to keep the refrigerator away from any heating appliance such as the oven or gas cooker. Installing thick curtains that you will leave closed in your absence will allow you to conserve heat and lower the heating. Avoid placing them in front of the radiators.

When thinking about the layout of your home, try to find the layout that brings you the most natural daylight in living rooms. Every day, do not forget to turn off the light behind you and if you’re head in the air, invest in a timer switch or motion detector that turns off automatically. And remember to dust your lamps regularly for clarity.

To organize well, we advise you to think about it well before your move, because on day the movers Sacramento will not have time to wait for your instructions to reinstall the furniture.

SIMPLE POST-MOVE TIPS

Once installed, make it a habit not to overheat your accommodation, especially the rooms. Lowering heating by one degree is a 7% drop on your bill! And do not forget to turn off the radiators when you open the windows to ventilate.

On the kitchen side, did you know that covering your pots to boil water divides the energy consumption by four? To reduce the energy consumption of your refrigerator and freezer, allow the food to cool before placing it inside and think of defrosting your appliances regularly.

STANDBY MODE!

The standby alone represents up to 10% of your consumption of energy, excluding heating. So when you do not watch TV or listen to music on your hi-fi system, turn them off. In the same way, unplug chargers that you do not use.

To limit your water consumption, turn the washing machine fully in eco mode and at low temperature. If possible, avoid the tumble dryer and dry the laundry in the open air. Evidently prefer showers to the bath, provided they are short.

You can also invest in energy efficient equipment or small tools such as two-speed flushing. Do not hesitate to contact your energy provider for even more tips on how to reduce your energy consumption on a daily basis.