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  • How to choose the best fan for your home

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    How to choose the best fan for your home

    During the warm summer months, a fan can be a bit of a lifesaver. But, do you know what type of fan to choose to cover your requirements? If you are not sure, keep reading…
    Cómo elegir el ventilador que más se adapta a tu casa - Endesa Clientes

    The summer is here and the heat affects our homes and our workplaces. In fact, I bet you are in front of the computer fanning yourself with anything you can lay your hands on. Put it down and switch on your fan.
    Although it is hard to believe, fans are no longer just those small, white and terribly noisy electrical appliances that used to be placed in the middle of the living room. The industry has experienced a real revolution in recent years and fan designs have progressed so much that they are now basic decorative items in any home... And the envy of your guests!
    Furthermore, these devices are made with top-quality materials which, very often are environmentally friendly too. There are many different types of fans: ceiling, desk, tower… Every room, every space or every home requires a particular type, therefore at Endesa we want to help you if you are thinking of choosing one to cool off during these months.

    How much room do you have?

    Put your wallet away! Before throwing your money away, you should measure the room in which you are going to install the fan, you don’t want the fan taking up half the room do you? And then there’s no room for you… Therefore, the fan should be larger or smaller, depending on how big or small the room is.
    If you are planning to have a ceiling fan, you should consider the height of the room, as it should be safe while also accessible for maintenance tasks.

    Choose a fan in accordance with the style of your room

    Think about how you want to decorate the room or what type of fan would suit the style you have already defined. There is a vast range of fans on offer today, including classic models and modern models, offering an avant-garde look and fresh designs... in every sense of the word.

    Types of fans

    You will also have to choose the type of fan you want or the one that best suits your requirements:

    Tower fans. The main advantage, apart from providing fresh air, of course, is that it gives the room a decorative touch. Particularly steel designs, a very popular material in interior design at the moment.

    Ceiling fans. The ideal place for these fans is the bedroom or the living room. You must be very careful when installing them as, depending on the material used and the weight of them, it can turn out to be an extremely difficult task. Therefore, you should ideally get a professional to install the fan.
    In terms of how they work, you will find fans with little strings that you pull for them to start or stop rotating, more sophisticated devices, with the control panel installed in the wall to control the speed and remotely controlled fans.

    Desk fans. These are perhaps the ones most seldom used, but if your home has a slight retro or very modern look, this could be the ideal option for decorating your rooms. Basically, you have a whole host of possibilities to choose from: wood, steel, varied colours... Another advantage is that they are very manageable and perfect for small spaces such as your computer desk or small office.

    Tower fans. Generally, these fans are slim and vertical. They are marvellous for placing in that empty corner you have been trying to fill or in smaller rooms. In addition, the blades are protected by a guard, which makes them safer for children or animals.

    Careful with the size of the blades

    This aspect is very often not taken into account, but that is why we are here. With ceiling fans, you should be very careful with the blade size. The size you choose does not solely depend on the area you want to cool, they should also be maintained at a minimum distance of 50 centimetres from any lateral obstacle and at least two metres from the floor.
    In this regard, the most common diameters are 75, 106, 122 and 132 centimetres. Bear in mind that, for a 15-square metre room or more, you are going to need a fan measuring at least 106 centimetres in diameter. Although, as you can imagine, the number of blades is also relevant: the more blades, the more breeze. Elementary, my dear Watson.

    Fan or air conditioning?

    Fans are a good alternative to air conditioning when only used sporadically. If you don't think you will be using your air conditioning very often, fans will become your new best friends. However, if you use fans very often or you think you will be using them over a longer period of times, perhaps it is wise to change to air conditioning.

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  • How to get the most out of your car air conditioning
    Also remember that the air conditioning should also be checked periodically. Especially in older cars, when it should be checked every two years. To do this just go to a garage so that an expert can check it out and, where possible, the garage should specialise in your make of car as this is always more effective.

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    How to get the most out of your car air conditioning

    Now that the hotter weather is here we are all using our air conditioning a lot more... But, do you know how to make the best use of it? Do you want to get the best performance out of it? Here are some tips so that you never overheat in your car.
    Cómo sacar el máximo provecho del aire acondicionado del coche

    When you open the car door a mass of hot air hits you like a blast from a furnace. It is that time again! Summer is here and that means it is the time when you put the air conditioning on before the radio. We all do it!

    And with the good weather, who would not want to go to the beach? And what about when we get in the car to go on holiday? On these hot journeys the air conditioning becomes your best friend. But watch out! It is not only a convenience, it is also essential for your own safety, since heat increases fatigue and makes you feel sleepy, making driving more dangerous.

    In fact, many studies have shown that when the temperature inside the car reaches 30 °C, driving errors increase by 20%. This just goes to show that heat affects drivers' concentration. Therefore, the best use and perfect maintenance of the air conditioning are essential for safe driving.

    Don't set the temperature too low

    If, in addition to air conditioning, your car has climate control, the ideal is to set the temperature between 22 - 24 °C. This is the best way to not get too hot and also avoid catching a cold. Because... you don't want to go to the beach loaded down with a box of Kleenex, do you?

    In addition, setting the air conditioner to below 22 °C uses more fuel, in some cases up to 20% more. Remember! The lower the temperature, the more fuel you use.

    Where do I point the air vents?

    This is a very common question. With the heat turning the car into a sauna people often direct the air conditioning onto their bodies with the intention of quickly cooling themselves down.

    But in reality it is not recommendable to direct the air vents towards your neck or face. In fact, you should not direct them towards any part of your body. The best idea is to point the vents upwards, as cold air is heavier than hot air it will then move around more readily inside the car. While the side vents should be pointed towards the windows to offset the heat when the sun shines directly onto them.

    It is also not a good idea to put the fan on at full power when you first get into the car if it has been sitting in the sun for several hours. We realise that it feels as hot as an oven, but you have to resist the temptation. It is best to ventilate the car first by lowering all the windows for a few minutes before turning the air conditioning on.

    Cleanliness above all

    You should keep the radiator clean and make sure that all the hoses and pipes are in good condition. You should also check that the air filter is not clogged and that it works correctly, since it ensures that the air entering the car is free from pollen, dust and other harmful substances.

    Changing it from time to time will make sure your car stays cool and prevent the possible accumulation of fungus and bacteria in the ducts. This happens quite commonly and you will notice it immediately because an unpleasant vinegary smell will fill the vehicle.

    Once a month does not hurt

    Apart from relieving the summer heat, the ventilation system also helps to demist the windows when there is a thermal contrast in the car. Therefore, it is not only used in the summer, it is also used in winter, when it is raining and cold the ventilation system is essential for good visibility.

    It is also a good idea to put it on at least once a month and let it run for a few minutes. This simple task will prevent the ducts from drying out and collecting dust, mould or bacteria.

    Do not forget the gas

    Remember to keep the coolant liquid topped up as well as the air conditioning gas. If the car does not cool down quickly when you turn the air conditioning on this may be a symptom that it needs a "hit" of gas, which usually costs less than 30 euros.

    Also remember that the air conditioning should also be checked periodically. Especially in older cars, when it should be checked every two years. To do this just go to a garage so that an expert can check it out and, where possible, the garage should specialise in your make of car as this is always more effective.

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  • How to extend your phone’s battery life

    How to extend your phone’s battery life

    08-06-2017

    Has your battery gone again? I bet you get the feeling your phone’s battery life is getting shorter and shorter… Don't worry; you’re not the only one. This is why Endesa has prepared some tips to ensure your phone makes the entire day until you go to bed.

    We have all become dependent on our smartphones. We use them for almost everything. And that is why we notice how the battery life seems to be so much shorter than before. In most cases, much shorter than we would like. And to cap it all, the battery always goes at the worst possible time, when you need your phone the most. It's Murphy’s Law. It never fails.

    As we know this is a common problem, we have decided to prepare a few tips to prevent your phone battery switching off in the afternoon and while we are at it, extend its useful life. Your battery may even last all day. A miracle!

    Don’t fully charge you phone

    You may think we are joking, but we’re not. Depending on the characteristics of the Lithium battery, ideally it should be charged between 30% and 80% of its capacity. And in fact, ideally it should be charged to different amounts each time. But never leave your mobile plugged in once it has reached 100% of its capacity as it will gradually become less efficient.

    Dim the screen brightness

    More than any other component the display consumes the most battery life. Therefore by reducing the brightness you will boost the battery level and enable your phone to last a few more hours. Go to Settings->Display->Brightness to adjust the brightness manually. And if you combine this with dark backgrounds, you will save even more energy.

    Switch off your connections

    Is your Wi-Fi always connected to see if you can save some data? And what about Bluetooth? Ok, I know. It is easier to always have them enabled but these connections are constantly looking for networks to connect to, consuming a great deal of energy in doing so. A tip: disable them when you are not going to be using them. And the same goes for Internet data. Disable them when you don’t need them.

    Close applications

    This is very simple, but often forgotten. We have more and more icons on our smartphones. A whole load of apps that are running without us even knowing. This means using valuable processing cycles and, of course, your battery life. Disable everything you can: games, Facebook, Twitter… Everything you won’t be using at a specific time.

    Location? No thank you

    Lots of applications now register the exact location of each user. Tracking your every geographical location makes your mobile consume a huge amount of energy by constantly using the GPS, telephone antennas and Wi-Fi areas. Therefore, disable your GPS and the location requests by all the applications installed on your mobile. Your battery will appreciate it.

    Bonus track

    If you are going to have a busy day without nipping home or you will be holding endless conversations and other requirements mean your mobile has to be available at all times, we recommend carrying an external battery. However, before buying one, think carefully about the capacity you really need. It is not the same purchasing 2,500 mAh external battery as purchasing a 16,000 mAh one, which will charge your battery to 100% of its capacity.

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  • Smart thermostats: savings and comfort

    Smart thermostats: savings and comfort

    26-04-2017

    They reduce energy consumption and provide quality of life.

    If you are one of those people that go out and leave the heating on, or those that hate to come home from work to a freezing cold house or simply one of those that want to keep their energy consumption under control, smart thermostats will be of great help to you.

    The new generation of smart thermostats connects directly to your Smartphone and enables you to control your household’s energy consumption at all times. You can switch your heating on or off from wherever you are, programme how your boiler works depending on the day of the week and independently adjust the temperature in each room. You can even see if someone enters your house thanks to motion sensors.

    And best of all, they learn your habits and they can establish the most suitable programmes to reduce energy consumption, which is why they are called smart thermostats. If you would like to find out more about smart energy management systems for your household, we invite you to discover our Nexo system. You will be impressed!

    DISCOVER THE NEXO SYSTEM

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  • How to save electricity in the office

    How to save electricity in the office

    18-04-2017

    Replacing old fluorescent lamps with LED lights and installing presence detectors is a safe investment to reduce your electricity bill

    If at the end of every month you tremble at the imminent arrival of the electricity bill for your office, it is time that you took measures to reduce electricity consumption. And when we say offices, we also mean warehouses, workshops or any other place of work.

    First get rid of those old fluorescent lamps. Not only do they flash, make noise and need changing regularly, they also use twice as much electricity as LED lights, which also turn on instantly, are more environmentally friendly and do not give off heat. If you also install an automatic presence detection system in corridors and common areas, you will prevent the lights from being switched on all day when no one needs them.

    If you have any doubts, use Endesa’s free online Energy Efficiency Diagnostic service, with which you can estimate your annual energy consumption and compare it with companies in your sector, as well as receiving customised improvement measures and finding out about best practices.

    CARRY OUT A DIAGNOSIS OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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  • When is the best time to charge an electric vehicle?

    When is the best time to charge an electric vehicle?

    30-03-2017

    The best option is to sign up for a comprehensive solution that includes free charging and the equipment installation or to charge your vehicle at night, when electricity is cheaper.

    The best option for charging electric vehicles is to sign up for a comprehensive solution that includes a time interval for charging the vehicle for free. With Endesa’s comprehensive charging solution for electric vehicles, for example, you can cover all your electric vehicle charging requirements from €1.05 per day, including the installation of the charging equipment and maintenance. If you add the Zero Tempo tariff you could do 10,000 Km a year for €0, given that from 01:00 to 07:00 in the morning you can charge your electric vehicle for free.
    Another option is the Tempo Happy tariff, which allows you to choose any two hours of the day in which your electricity will cost 0 euros, so you can charge your vehicle during those hours. However you will need a fast or semi-fast charging system in order to allow you time to charge your battery during those hours.
    Lastly, if you have a time restriction tariff, it is best to charge your electric vehicle at night, when electricity is cheaper. But beware, the “off-peak” time interval in which electricity is cheaper may vary. Generally speaking, in summer it is from 23:00 to 13:00 and in winter it is from 22:00 to 12:00. This gives you enough time to fully charge your car’s battery (conventional charging, the slowest system, which takes approximately 8 hours).
    If you have the “super off-peak” tariff, the cheapest interval will be from 07:00 in summer and in winter. With this tariff you will spend €1.55 for every 100 km covered, compared with the €7.79/100km minimum cost of combustion engine vehicles. You can also use the charging points located in public spaces, which you will find here.

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  • How to get the ideal humidity level at home

    How to get the ideal humidity level at home

    21-03-2017

    To prevent health problems, the level of relative humidity should range between 30 and 50%.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that indoor humidity levels should be between 30% and 50%, depending on the outdoor temperature: more humidity when it is warmer and less when it is colder. Exposure to very dry air can irritate the mucus membrane and cause throat dryness leading to a greater risk of catching a cold and flu, while exposure to very humid air can cause breathing difficulties and breathing allergies. It can also cause mildew and mites.
    To prevent the air getting too dry, you should try to keep the temperature at around 20 degrees (if it is too hot the air will become too dry) or place a bowl of water on top of radiators. You can also install humidifiers in certain rooms or at certain times, for example, if you have a baby with mucus or breathing problems.
    On the other hand, excessive humidity can be avoided by airing rooms well, particularly in the kitchen when cooking or in bathrooms after a shower. Always use the fume extractor in the kitchen. It may be useful to install an extractor in the bathroom that starts up when the light is switched on for example. You should also avoid drying clothes indoors (or if you have no choice, place a dehumidifier in the room when you are drying them) and avoid keeping plants in the room. If high humidity persists, you can install a mechanical ventilation system, however, you should seek professional advice to determine the cause of the humidity.
    In any event, it is wise to obtain a good hygrometer to measure the exact relative humidity in each room.

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  • Air your home without wasting energy

    Air your home without wasting energy

    15-03-2017

    It’s advisable to open all the windows at the same time, for no longer than 10 minutes.

    A well-aired home is essential for our comfort. Its purpose is not only to prevent excessive humidity, but also to eliminate pollutants such as radon gas, mites or an excessive concentration of carbon dioxide, which may be damaging to our health. But how can we do it without wasting energy?
    The best method is to air the home for no longer than 10 minutes, so the minimum amount of heat is lost. In this way, no great thermal losses will occur. It’s advisable to open the windows of all the rooms in the house at the same time, leaving the doors to the rooms open. Of course, the radiators should be turned off. The draught caused will enable a total renewal of the air in a very short time, preventing the walls from cooling down, as heating them up again would mean extra power consumption.
    Put these measures into practice and you’ll see how your efficiency increases and your bill diminishes. If you want to check, use Endesa’s free information and advice service infoEnergía, where you can verify and compare your energy efficiency.

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  • Save gas by installing thermostatic valves

    Save gas by installing thermostatic valves

    07-03-2017

    You can set the desired temperature in each room and save up to 25% on your heating bills.

    By installing thermostatic radiator valves you can choose the temperature of each room at any given time. This means you will not need to have the heating on in every room when it is not needed (because you are not using that room at a particular time or because it gets sunlight all day and is warmer than the rest of the house). If you install electronic thermostatic heads, you can also programme them to adjust a different temperature in each room. Remember that by accessing the endesaclientes (you need to log in or register if you have not already done so), you can view all your consumption details immediately. Knowing how you use energy will enable you to improve your consumption habits, which means greater savings for your and less CO2 for the planet.

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  • Do not dry your clothes on the radiator

    Do not dry your clothes on the radiator

    09-02-2017

    Although people often do this on cold or rainy days, it is not at all advisable to hang your wet clothes on the radiator.

    Your clothes will dry, yes, but the energy efficiency of your heating will be reduced, which will affect your bill.
    Furthermore, Scottish researchers found that this method of drying clothes indoors was related to the appearance of particular mould spores that pose a health risk in 25% of the 100 homes sampled.

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  • Don't fill the kettle unless you need to

    Don't fill the kettle unless you need to

    30-01-2017

    This waste of energy is common among tea drinkers.

    Just a few quick calculations: electric kettles usually hold between 1 and 2 litres, while old-style kettles may hold as much as 5 litres. To make a cup of tea, all you need is a quarter of a litre. Filling your one-and-a-half litre kettle to the brim can make tea for you and five of your friends. Do you really need to fill it right up and waste electricity or gas to bring the water to 100 degrees?
    It’s much better to boil just the amount you’re going to drink and to serve it when the first bubbles appear, without waiting for the switch to trip or for the kettle to whistle.

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  • Your oven can bring your stale bread back to life

     Your oven can bring your stale bread back to life

    24-01-2017

    Eating stale bread for breakfast is not pleasant in any way, shape or form.

    Nor a baguette that is like chewing gum the next day or a rock-like loaf of bread. But one of the golden rules of an efficient consumer is not to throw away stale bread. You can use it in endless recipes (soups, French toast, migas (sautéed breadcrumbs), breadcrumbs...). And you can even eat it once you have revived it.
    All you need is water and an oven. First dampen the stale bread without soaking it. Use a water spray or run it very quickly under a tap. Then place it in the oven at 175ºC and leave it for 7 minutes. The end result will be crispy bread for your toast.

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  • Seal your doors and windows with weather stripping

    Seal your doors and windows with weather stripping

    12-01-2017

    Heat escapes through the gaps in your house and in order to recover it your heating has to use more and more energy.

    Winter enters your home underneath your door and through the gaps in your windows (particularly if they are old). Every degree costs money and in the end, it is you that has to pay the bill. It is up to you to apply a simple and cheap solution: weather stripping. These are strips of fabric (or rubber) filled with cotton (or hessian) which can be used to seal any gaps. They are sold in hardware stores and DIY stores.

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  • Print fewer tickets and trust your smartphone more

    Print fewer tickets and trust your smartphone more

    14-12-2016

    You are already paying for lots of items online, including train tickets or entrance tickets for concerts.

    You are used to not being asked for a paper ticket at the cinema, in museums or by airline companies, as they also accept electronic tickets. Then: Why are you still printing everything? Why do you think this unnecessary expense gives you more authority? Work it out: you are switching on the printer just to use electricity, ink and paper. Just to be allowed to access places in which your admission was guaranteed simply by showing your mobile device.

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  • Bleed all the radiators in your home so that they are ready for the winter

    Bleed all the radiators in your home so that they are ready for the winter

    26-10-2016

    Every little bit counts.

    You should bleed the radiators at least once a year, especially before the start of winter, since they accumulate air bubbles that block the flow of heat and, therefore, they block their flow and increase energy consumption. In that way, you will have your desired temperature and save energy.

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  • Use the fireplace with moderation

    Use the fireplace with moderation

    19-10-2016

    Remember to close the fireplace when it is not in use so that no air can escape.

    Winter is coming and you will want to light a good fire, but remember that many old natural fireplaces are inefficient and extract more heat than what they produce.

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  • Prepare your home for the cold: Place curtains and carpets

    Prepare your home for the cold: Place curtains and carpets

    11-10-2016

    Curtains and carpets are not simply decorative items. Use them to better insulate your home.

    Curtains and carpets can keep the heat during the winter and thus help you save energy. We advise you to place curtains and carpets throughout your home so that you can reduce the heat that is lost through the floor and windows. They will also give your home a greater feeling of warmth.

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  • Use a pressure cooker. Your pocket will thank you!

    Use a pressure cooker. Your pocket will thank you!

    05-10-2016

    Using a pressure cooker will help you save energy and reduce your gas or electricity bill.

    Its main advantage is that you can cook at a higher temperature for a shorter time, so you will spend less energy when preparing food. Also, more vitamins and minerals are retained by a pressure cooker as opposed to a normal pot.

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  • Replace your oven with a microwave

    Replace your oven with a microwave

    28-09-2016

    As far as possible, it’s advisable to use the microwave to heat food, as this appliance saves us time and is more energy-efficient.

    According to the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), using the microwave brings about approximately a 60% to 70% saving when compared with a conventional electric oven. Also remember that it’s advisable to arrange the food in small pieces so that they cook more quickly, and to turn it off a few minutes ahead of time.

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  • Tips about your fridge

    Tips about your fridge

    21-09-2016

    If you’re going to be away from home for over a fortnight and you want to save electricity, the best thing is to empty your fridge completely, unplug it and leave the door open.

    It’s the best way to prevent nasty smells and the appearance of bacteria. Take this opportunity to clean its interior, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room

    Turn off the lights when you leave a room

    14-09-2016

    It seems obvious, but who hasn’t forgotten to turn them off, and more than once?

    Make sure that any unnecessary lights in your home are switched off, and remember to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room and there’s nobody else there. Lighting represents about 20% of power consumption in most Spanish homes, and with this simple habit you’ll reduce your electricity bill.

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  • Turn on your air conditioning only when necessary

    Turn on your air conditioning only when necessary

    08-09-2016

    It’s a good idea to turn off the equipment in advance if you’re going to go out

    To use your air conditioning more efficiently, it’s a good idea to turn off the equipment in advance if you’re going to go out, as its effect will remain for a few minutes after turning it off. If you turn it off just before you leave, you’ll be wasting power. We recommend you turn it off about 15 minutes before you leave home..

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  • How to use your dishwasher correctly?

    How to use your dishwasher correctly?

    30-08-2016

    Avoid running half-full loads.

    This means that you will use it fewer times, so you will save on electricity and water. Our recommendation is to use short wash programmes and at a low temperature. Our maintenance recommendation is to frequently clean the filters and the inside of the dishwasher with a specific cleaning product. This will make it more efficient during a longer period of time.

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  • Clean the light bulbs and lampshades

    Clean the light bulbs and lampshades

    24-08-2016

    Keep your lamps clean, and this will help you to have more light and save money.

    The same is true for light bulbs since the dirt absorbs the light and reduces its intensity, while consuming the same. Clean them often, always with the light bulbs off. Do the same with the lampshades. Keeping your light bulbs clean may save you around 20% of the electricity bill. A dirty light bulb may reduce the light by up to 50% due to the dust and dirt accumulated.

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  • Main tips on how to save energy with an iron

    Main tips on how to save energy with an iron

    16-08-2016

    Iron as many clothes as possible to avoid energy loss.

    When you plug in the iron for just a few clothes, you are not taking full advantage of it and it becomes expensive. You should always iron first the clothes that need the highest temperature and then take advantage of the heat that is left over for the rest of the clothes. Remember to always unplug the iron if you stop using it for a moment.

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  • Protect your home with an awning this summer

    Protect your home with an awning this summer

    10-08-2016

    Outdoor awnings are very effective against the heat.

    They are the first protection against the sun's rays since they reduce the heat by up to 60%, depending on the type of awning and orientation. Awnings are an easy way to provide a better home temperature. They also have the added advantage that they still let in the light. You can save up to 60% of energy by installing awnings on the windows that are oriented towards the sun. Jot this down for this hot summer!

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  • Cover your food in the fridge

    Cover your food in the fridge

    03-08-2016

    Remember to always cover or wrap all your food. This will prevent it from going dry and make sure that the flavours and smells do not mix.

    By covering your food, you will reduce the humidity caused by evaporation and prevent the formation of frost. So now you know: no hot food in the fridge!

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  • Washing machine energy saving tips

    Washing machine energy saving tips

    27-07-2016

    Always use good quality laundry detergents, either in liquid, powder or tablet form.

    Liquid laundry detergents are best for your washing machine, as the machine does not have to work so hard. If you use a solid detergent, we recommend mixing it with water before inserting it in the washing machine. For best results, always use the necessary dose, as too much detergent will only cost more and prevent the machine from rinsing properly.

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  • During the summer months avoid using electrical appliances

    During the summer months avoid using electrical appliances

    21-07-2016

    When electrical appliances are used, they become hot and generate heat.

    During the summer months, avoid using the hairdryer, the dishwasher, the oven or the television on very hot days. This will keep rooms cooler and you will not have to use the air conditioning so much. The same applies to the kitchen; try to make cold meals so you do not need to use the oven or the stove.

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  • Save on your garden lighting system

    Save on your garden lighting system

    15-07-2016

    Having exterior garden lights is not incompatible with saving energy.

    For your terrace or garden lights, it is best to choose solar lamps or photovoltaic lights that charge during the day with sunlight and do not consume electricity. Place them in areas that get plenty of natural light during the day so they will stay on throughout the night. Keep the solar panels clean so dirt does not affect their performance. If you want to save even more on your electricity bill, find out more about our Tempo Light Always Win on our website. We will tell you how to save!

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  • Save energy this summer and regulate the temperature in your home

    Save energy this summer and regulate the temperature in your home

    06-07-2016

    Venetian blinds are recommended as these curtains control and regulate the intensity and amount of sunlight that enters your home.

    The fabric of these curtains improves insulation and enables you to regulate the incoming light, controlling the amount of sunshine that enters the windows and preventing the rooms from getting too hot. Otherwise the temperature would rise and therefore energy consumption would too.

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  • Efficiency and savings with your fridge

    Efficiency and savings with your fridge

    29-06-2016

    The refrigerator is the electrical appliance that uses the most energy in a household, therefore it is important to follow specific guidelines for greater efficiency and savings.

    Never put hot foods in the refrigerator, it will only raise the temperature and the refrigerator will have to use more energy to reduce that temperature again. When you put liquids in the refrigerator do not forget to cover them otherwise condensation will build up and it also affects performance and consumption. If you want to decide when and how much to save on your bill, check the Tempo always win Tariff and enjoy a guaranteed discount indefinitely.

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  • Efficient use of water in the garden

    Efficient use of water in the garden

    22-06-2016

    Decorate your garden or terrace with native plants, which will adapt more easily to the climate and enable you to save water.

    Whenever possible, try to irrigate first thing in the morning to prevent the water from evaporating too much and this way you will not burn the plants or encourage fungi and it is also when plants need water the most. Use efficient irrigation systems, such as drip systems and on rainy days make the most of the rainwater to water your plants.

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  • Operate you air conditioning unit efficiently this summer

    Operate you air conditioning unit efficiently this summer

    15-06-2016

    There is nothing quite like cool air conditioning to combat those hot summer days, preferably with an energy class “A” unit.

    Only cool the rooms that are being used and close all the doors to any rooms not in use in order to concentrate the cool air in the areas being used. It is advisable to keep the air conditioning unit out of direct sunlight in the shade and in an area with a natural draft, for example close to a door. Lastly, make sure all your windows are closed to prevent warm air from entering the house.

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  • When you use the oven, cut food into small pieces

    When you use the oven, cut food into small pieces

    08-06-2016

    We recommend cutting food into small pieces when you are going to use the oven

    In order to cook food more quickly and consume less energy, we recommend cutting food into small pieces when you are going to use the oven, since, the smaller the piece, the less time it will need to cook and therefore the less energy you will use. Try it!

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  • Protect your home from the heat

    Protect your home from the heat

    02-06-2016

    Summer is here and it is nice to let sunlight into your home, but not direct sunlight and certainly not during the hottest hours of the day

    We recommend closing your blinds in areas of the house that you are not going to be using and use awnings in the areas of the house that you are going to use to prevent direct sunlight from entering your windows and to prevent heat gain. Remember to lower the awnings in the morning to prevent direct sunlight entering the windows and close the awnings during the evening when the temperatures drop. Also remember to switch off lights and electrical appliances throughout most of the day to keep your home cooler.

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  • Use fans when using air conditioning

    Use fans when using air conditioning

    25-05-2016

    Fans use very little energy and they are very effective in air circulation

    Fans use very little energy and they are cheap to run, they do not drop the temperature but they are very effective in air circulation and they even enable you to increase the air conditioning set temperature or even switch the unit off. This summer we recommend using oscillating fans for greater circulation.

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  • Prepare your home for summer

    Prepare your home for summer

    18-05-2016

    Furnishings, the colour of the walls and even sofas have a significant effect on the thermal comfort of your home.

    Wood furniture helps regulate humidity levels in rooms. If you have carpets, we recommend removing them during the summer months and avoid using heavy or thick fabrics, wools, fur and leather, instead choose natural materials such as linen or cotton. In terms of colour, choose light colours for your furniture, draperies or curtains, as a light colour absorbs less heat and reflects the sun rays.

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  • Clean or replace the filters in your appliances

    Clean or replace the filters in your appliances

    11-05-2016

    Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of your appliances and make them work harder for a longer time

    Extractor hoods, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, etc. Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of your appliances and make them work harder for a longer time. Cleaning the filters and keeping them dust-free will help reduce energy consumption and improve the air quality in your home. Clean or replace your air conditioning filters before the summer months. Clean them at least once a month.

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  • Keep your cooker burners clean

    Keep your cooker burners clean

    04-05-2016

    It is very important to keep burners free from grease and soot

    Keeping them clean and in good condition will help to distribute the heat more efficiently, thus requiring less energy expenditure to achieve the desired the thermal output. Also check that the gas flame is blue, this is a sign of correct gas combustion. So, if you prefer to cook with gas and saving money is important to you, Endesa's One Gas Tariff is for you. Find out more here and start saving on your Gas bill now.

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  • Placing your washing machine near to the hot water boiler will help you save energy.

    Placing your washing machine near to the hot water boiler will help you save energy.

    27-04-2016

    If you have a bi-thermal washing machine it is advisable to place it near to the boiler

    If you have a bi-thermal washing machine, i.e. the hot water intake comes from an external supply, it is advisable to place the washing machine near to the boiler, as the water loses heat as it travels through the pipes.

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  • Defrost frozen foods the night before

    Defrost frozen foods the night before

    20-04-2016

    If you are going to cook frozen foods, do not use the oven to defrost them.

    Defrost frozen foods at room temperature the night before and you will save time and reduce your oven’s energy consumption. Ideally you should plan ahead and defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator, so you make use of the cold temperature and reduce your refrigerator’s energy consumption.

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  • Control hot water consumption while you shower

    Control hot water consumption while you shower

    12-04-2016

    Hot water accounts for about 21% of an average household's energy consumption, according to the IDAE.

    A shower consumes about four times less water and energy than a bath. The ideal temperature for showering and bathing is between 30 °C and 35 °C. Lower the temperature of the water provided by the boiler to within this range and be more efficient.

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  • Consider the energy labelling on appliances

    Consider the energy labelling on appliances

    05-04-2016

    Energy labelling tells the user about energy consumption and other additional information concerning each type of appliance

    For example: noise, drying and washing efficiency, the normal life cycle, etc. There are 7 classes of efficiency identified by a colour code and letters ranging from green and the letter A+++ for the most efficient equipment, to red and the letter D for less efficient equipment.

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  • How to do your clothes washing in a way that is more environmentally friendly and more economical

    How to do your clothes washing in a way that is more environmentally friendly and more economical

    31-03-2016

    It is advisable to wash your clothes on a cold or low temperature setting.

    Almost 90% of the electricity consumed is for heating water. Preferably use wash cycles at 30 °C or 40 °C and avoid 90 °C. It is also preferable to use the amount of detergent recommended by the manufacturer.

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  • Control the use of routers, modems and WIFI repeaters

    Control the use of routers, modems and WIFI repeaters

    21-03-2016

    Turn them off at night

    Most Spanish homes have one of these devices to connect to the internet. Although they are not large energy consumers, they are often left on 24 hours a day. It is advisable to use a timer to turn them off at night and while we are away from home, this will mean that we can achieve energy savings of around € 6 per year.

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  • Save while using the oven

    Save while using the oven

    15-03-2016

    Avoid opening it while it is on

    When cooking with the oven, avoid opening it while it is on, because each time you open the door, you lose 20 per cent of the accumulated energy. Turning off the oven 5 to 10 minutes before finishing cooking is also recommended as this takes advantage of any residual heat and saves energy. The food will be cooked with the heat from the oven.

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  • Double insulation

    Double insulation

    08-03-2016

    Use double-glazing or double windows

    Double glazing cuts heat loss almost by half compared with normal glass. Small insulation improvements can lead to energy and economic savings of up to 30% in heating and/or air conditioning.

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  • The refrigerator, an essential electrical appliance

    The refrigerator, an essential electrical appliance

    08-03-2016

    The refrigerator is the electrical appliance that uses most energy in the kitchen

    Specifically, 19% of your electricity bill is for your refrigerator. Place the refrigerator in a suitable place where it does not get much sun, defrost it regularly to prevent layers of ice forming that prevent it from working properly and maintain the thermostat at 5 degrees for the refrigerator and -18 for the freezer.

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  • Seal roller blind boxes

    Seal roller blind boxes

    08-03-2016

    Seal the box housing the rolled-up window shutter to avoid heat escaping

    We can seal and insulate shutter roller boxes by inserting panels of cork, polypropylene, polyurethane foam or any other insulating material and pasting it to the walls. This will prevent heat loss and cold air infiltrations from outside (and vice versa in summer).

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  • How can you save while cooking?

    How can you save while cooking?

    08-03-2016

    Make the most of residual heat from your cooker’s hob

    Use residual heat by switching your hob off 5 minutes before you remove the recipient and choose a slightly larger recipient than the cooking area and with a heat diffusing base (except for induction hobs). You will use 20% less energy while you cook.

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  • Start saving now by choosing the best appliance

    Start saving now by choosing the best appliance

    08-03-2016

    Consider the energy efficiency of household appliances

    In order to lower your electricity bill, choose high energy efficiency electrical appliances (class A, A+, A++ Y A+++). A class A+++ refrigerator consumes up to 80% less energy than a class D one.

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  • Using more efficient LED lightbulbs enables energy savings of up to 80%

    Using more efficient LED lightbulbs enables energy savings of up to 80%

    08-03-2016

    Change your traditional light bulbs for low-energy ones or LEDs

    Given that these use 80% less energy and last 8 or even 50 times longer in the case of LED lamps.

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  • Use the dishwasher

    Use the dishwasher

    08-03-2016

    You use less energy using a dishwasher than washing dishes by hand

    Washing the dishes in hot water uses 40% more energy than by using the dish washer. If you need a new one, buy a bi-thermal one.

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  • Optimise your hair dryer use

    Optimise your hair dryer use

    08-03-2016

    Don’t completely dry the clothes that need ironing

    Leave them damp while you iron them and you will use 20% less energy during the drying process.

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  • Set your air conditioning unit at an ideal temperature

    Set your air conditioning unit at an ideal temperature

    08-03-2016

    Your home should be between 21 ºC and 23 ºC in winter and between 23 ºC and 25 ºC in summer

    Bear in mind that raising the thermostat setting by one degree in winter (or reducing it by one degree in summer) can increase energy consumption by around 7%.

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