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Guide to achieving the greatest energy savings in the home

Saving energy is practically one of the great moral obligations of our time. The phenomena, such as climate change with all its consequences, are responsible for reminding us that we must make more effort when it comes to protecting our planet. In homes, it is possible to contribute to reverse the situation by changing the energy usage. To do this, just follow a series of simple steps.

At the time of undertaking a review of your property to check whether or not it meets the energy efficiency standards, start by taking a look at the property's structural elements. Doors and windows are, in many cases, authentic epicentres of energy losses. In other words, if the walls of the home do not prevent the loss of energy of any kind (heat, for example), we are paying much more for energy than we need to. In addition, when doors and windows are replaced by insulated designd, the energy savings will be immediate (up to 50%, depending on the case).

In line with the above, depending on the size of the house and the available budget to invest in repairs, it would be best to install air conditioning systems with the highest rating in terms of energy savings. keeping in mind that the classification of energy efficiency goes from 'A', maximum rating, to 'G', worse rating, it is estimated that almost 30% of Spanish households are still in the last step. As the home updates its heating or cooling systems, its overall energy rating will improve too and at the same time the user will save money.

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It is quite simple to achieve results by making some changes to your home. Even today there is a tendency to heat the entire home in the winter months. The coldest months of the year will make you want to keep the house as warm as possible. However, it does not make sense to warm up those rooms that you don't use. Consequently, if the whole family is in the living room before retiring to their bedrooms, it would be advisable to turn off the radiators in the kitchen and any other point in the house that is not going to be in use at that time.

While we cannot stop using heating systems to warm up our homes, there are some bad habits that are related to wasting energy. Did you know that every time you turn the heating ON or OFF there is a fairly significant increase in energy consumption? This means that it is preferable to keep the heating on at low power rather than turn it ON and OFF several times a day. With this habit, you would also avoid having to increase the power to heat the property more quickly. This means we would maintain a pleasant indoor temperature throughout the day.

Although great progress has been made in this area, lighting continues to occupy a very important part of the energy bill. The different public campaigns that have been appearing in recent years have resulted in many users replacing halogen or incandescent bulbs with LED models. It is fair to admit the difference in opinions on the scope of savings, although it is not disputed that the energy consumption of LED lights is the lowest in the market. We must bear in mind that although the price of LED lights is higher, they will last longer and in the medium term they will save the user money.

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Finally, users should also pay more attention when switching off electronic devices. On many occasions, televisions, for example, remain on standby (with the recognisable red light ON) even if they are not being used. This kind of stand-by mode can generate around 10% of the annual consumption of the device in question if it is used on a regular basis. The best solution is to completely disconnect the appliances, which does not take much time or effort and that directly cuts the energy bill. It is also advisable to periodically review all the air conditioning systems in the home, with special attention to boilers. If the units are old or worn out, one should think of replacing them with more modern and efficient systems.

Achieving better data on energy efficiency can have implications that go far beyond money saving factors. A property with a good energy rating is more valuable than another similar home with worse energy efficiency results. This can affect both their valuation in view of the sale and the monthly rental payment. A more efficient home is always positioned better in the market.

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