Did you know that between 20% and 60% of total energy consumption in your home comes from appliances? If you’re crunching numbers to lower the electricity bill, do not forget to check what appliances you have at home and how you use them. Here a few clues:

1. Appliances labeled in green as Class A, A + and A ++ are the most efficient. They can consume up to 3 times less than a Class G. This can mean a saving of 800 euros over the life of the appliance. If you refer to the RACC Magazine you will find more information on this topic.

2. If you’re going to use your appliances at night, it is recommended to use hourly rate discrimination. The night consumption will be up to 3 times cheaper, but keep in mind that day rate will be higher than normal.

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3. Another thing to consider is the size of the appliance you need and how to optimize their ability. The low temperature programs of dishwashers and laundry machines also consume much less energy.

4. The proper maintenance and regular cleaning of household appliances prolongs its life, helps good performance and saves energy. However, there always comes a time when they fail, something that always falls on bad times the cost. But we have a solution: do you know that with home insurance RACC has an exclusive benefit? We repair your faults white goods.

5. Make sure to care for your refrigerator! They consume the most energy. To reduce the energy, it should be kept away from heat and in an airy environment. It is also recommended to clean the back once a year and defrost when the ice layer exceeds 3 mm. Avoid putting hot food inside the refrigerator and avoid keeping the door open more than necessary.

6. The microwave consumes between 60% and 70% less than the conventional oven. But if you use the oven, maximize the energy use by cooking several things at once.  Also avoid opening the oven door unnecessarily; every time it is opened you lose 20% of stored energy.

7. When using an electric stove,  it is better use containers with longer cooking surface bases to maximum the heat use. The containers with lids help to save 25% of energy and you can use the residual heat to finish cooking.

8. Fully turn off appliances not in use. For example, turn off televisions, toasters, irons, computers, etc. It helps to have a connection to a database with multiple connection switch.

9. If you can afford it, better computers and printers with energy saving systems are a great way to save energy. Black screensavers and flat screen TVs/computers consume less energy.

10. For the heating and air conditioning in your home, it is best to maximize heat or natural air currents and always keep them in comfortable temperatures between 20-21º 24-25º. If you are located in New Jersey, your best bet for quality HVAC maintenance is to contact the experts performing Freehold heater repair services.

If you want to know more about the consumption of household appliances and how to save them, please consult the Practical Guide to Energy. Efficient and responsible consumption of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving of Energy.