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Five tips to save electricity after the holidays

Published on January 7, 2017

January finds you with an empty current account. Don’t let it bring you down. They can’t take away the fun you had in Christmas. We will show you how to take a chunk out of your electricity bill.

If you have returned from your summer holiday without a penny in your pocket, it means you have had a good time. But the economy is unforgiving and the old routine soon comes back with all its expenses.

Autumn can be an upward slog if you don’t have a plan in place to tackle all your usual bills (insurance renewal, mobile phone expenses) or unexpected bills (car repair expenses). And of course, your electricity bill, which will arrive on time every month.

We can’t prevent you from eating into your MB of data tariff, but nor can we prevent the authorities from fining you if you cause trouble. But we are going to show you how to take a good chunk out of your electricity bill, so the upward hill is not such a struggle.

1. Get rid of the vampires draining your kWh

Nobody can see them, but they are there. Vampires that you are subsidising with your bill. Electrical appliances which, in theory, are not using electricity. But in reality, they are and more than you think. When you’re not at home, when you’re sleeping at night, when you were on holiday… they were still draining your kWh and increasing your electricity bill.

Up to 10% of your consumption could be due to these vampires and you won’t get rid of them with a bit of garlic! The recipe to get rid of them is to switch them off. But switch them off properly, don’t leave them on stand-by, you must unplug them.

Leaving the TV switched on with the little red standby light on, the laptop closed but with a blinking light, the hi-fi with a LED light to check the time, which you never look at… If you add it all up, it can amount to around 3,500 kWh per year, around 52 euros you have voluntarily donated simply through wasteful spending.

2. A sweater and a blanket are your best friends

We understand. With this cold you feel like being inside and turning the heating up. Before doing so, think about these arguments:

  • Your wardrobe is full of sweaters and blankets that will wrap you up and keep you warm.
  • Every degree increase in your house means using around 7% more.
  • An overly warm house will dry out the air too much, favouring colds… and it is no good for the environment.

20 degrees is a pleasant temperature for your home

3. The refrigerator is more important than you think

You don’t take much notice of your refrigerator, except when it is empty and you have to go shopping to fill it. The importance of your refrigerator is obvious: it is always on, always using electricity and you cannot allow yourself to unplug it (unless you go on a long holiday).

This is where technology is important: a newly purchased model will be up to 40% more efficient when using electricity than a ten-year old refrigerator. We are not going to tell you to go and buy a new refrigerator just like that (although you would be saving in the long run), but we are going to give you a list of the things you do that are costing you money:

  • Hot food: by putting hot food into the refrigerator you are making it work twice as hard, which is equivalent to more consumption and a higher electricity bill.
  • Open door: you get in with the shopping and you leave the refrigerator door open a few minutes while you sort the bags out. Keeping the door open will lose cold air and cost more money than if you only open and close it when strictly necessary.
  • The refrigerator against the oven: everyone must make use of the room they have in their kitchens, but insofar as possible, try by all means to prevent the refrigerator from being too close to the oven, the dishwasher or the washing machine. They are all a source of heat that will oppose your refrigerator’s task.

4. When using your washing machine, make sure to use a full load every time.

Always fully fill the drumof your washing machine and set the temperature between 40 and 60 degrees. Your electricity bill will really notice it, with savings of up to 40% on consumption.

The planet will notice it, since you will be saving electricity and water.

5. It is not all about using less: the price of the kWh is significant too.

The four preceding tips are a matter of decency, of being aware that wasting energy is not good. No excuses. But if we focus on your electricity bill to try to get it down, it is important to bear in mind that in the end, a good chunk of what you are going to pay is the result of multiplying the kWh you have consumed by the price of the kWh.

And how much is the kWh? That is the issue. There is not just a single price, it depends on your tariff.

Some prices vary depending on the time of the day. And if you want to make your life easier and not have to keep checking the time, there are other fixed-price tariffs. No surprises: regardless of what you consume, you will pay the same.

If you like doing things online (you can’t remember the last time you actually did any paperwork in person), One Luz will suit you as a tariff. The kWh is always the same price… and it is very little. One Luz is Endesa’s best online price it is so low that there is no point applying discounts or giving away an inflatable airbed. It sells itself.

Without any minimum commitment period: you can leave whenever you want to. 

Get out of the darkness, change to (One)Luz

With OneLuz, we offer the InfoEnergía supplement, a free service offering you all the information and advice you need regarding your electricity consumption.

By the way, did we mention there’s no minimum commitment period? We did? Twice? Ah, ok.

With a good tariff that suits your consumption patterns and taking care of your daily energy tasks, you will take a good chunk off your monthly bills. Savings that will surely take you to that destination you’ve always dreamed of next summer.

To save on your electricity bill, you need to use less kWh and pay less for each kWh you use