The cold is here to stay, at least until the end of this week, according to the warning of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA). Which means it’s not yet time to rest on the radiators, nor breathe on the energy bills, which are greatly affected during these cold spells.
Even so, and while it’s inevitable that energy bills will rise in value, there are some tricks to keep them from skyrocketing. And according to Selectra – specialist in electricity and gas related issues – it could all be related to the way we use heating inside the home. Watch now:
Tips for saving energy
– Set the thermostat to 19-21ºC
When we feel cold at home, the first impulse is to turn on the refrigerator with the maximum temperature, in an attempt to quickly warm up the space. But know that, aside from this strategy not working, this is probably the error that has the biggest impact on your invoices.
Therefore, the best thing to do is to choose a temperature between 19 and 21°C, as this is enough to maintain a pleasant atmosphere and, contrary to what you might think, it ends up heating the space at the same rate as if it had select any higher temperature.
– Be careful where you place the radiator
Make sure that the place where you place the refrigerator is free of any kind of physical barrier that prevents air circulation, which could be couches or walls, for example. In addition, never place anything flammable near the heaters and do not block the air passage with blankets or clothing.
– Insulate all doors and windows
If you don’t have a double-glazed window system or cold air tends to get under your entry door, try putting a sealant on them, such as glue, as it’s designed precisely to block this air passage, also having the benefit of blocking out any noise coming from outside.
– Keep the heater off overnight
Leaving the heating on all night affects not only the quality of your sleep but also your electricity bill. So, if you want to heat the room, always do it a little before you go to bed and don’t forget to turn it off before you go to bed.
– Use a thermostat to manage energy consumption
Finally, take advantage of the help of the thermostat to make conscious use of energy! Determine the exact times you want the refrigerator to operate and program the ideal temperature for the space. Beyond that, you don’t have to worry, as the thermostat does this energy management by itself, turning off the heating whenever the temperature is reached.
Myths about using heaters
If you’ve heard any of these tips, it’s time to turn a blind eye, as they could have a big impact on your energy bill:
“Leaving the heating on is better than turning it on and off all the time”
This is one of those common heating and lighting tips, but it couldn’t be more wrong for either.
That is, all devices that are turned on consume energy. And, in the case of radiators, whenever we hold the button in the “on” option, we require a constant effort on the part of the device, since it will try to keep the room at the temperature we have programmed it for. . So every time you have to leave the house or you’re not going to use that room for more than 30 minutes, you should really only turn it off and on again when you really need it.
“Ventilating the house in winter makes the house very cold”
Despite the low temperatures that are felt, the ventilation of the house remains essential to reduce the amount of moisture that settles inside, which ends up making it difficult to heat the space. So try to open the windows at home for 5 to 10 minutes every day, even if it means letting in a little cold during that time.