Energy Saving Tips
Air conditioning and heating:
Use vegetation to your advantage, planting trees in strategic points helps deflect cold drafts in winter and create shade in the summer.
By installing awnings or overhangs inclined, aluminum shutters, tinted glass, coatings, mesh and plastic films prevents the sun from reaching directly into the house. So you can get savings in electrical energy consumption by the use of air conditioning.
Proper insulation of ceilings and walls helps maintain a comfortable temperature in the house.
If you use central air conditioning units, also isolated ducts.
It is relatively easy to seal windows and doors of the house with silicone paste, to keep out the cold in the winter months and keep it cool in the hot months.
When buying or replace the equipment, check that it is suitable for your needs.
Give periodic maintenance and clean the filters regularly. Watch the thermostat, it can mean an additional savings of electricity if left at 18 ° C (65 ° F) in winter and 25 ° C (78 ° F) in summer.
In dry weather use the cooler, is cheaper and consumes less power than air conditioning.
The saturated filters and dust deposits and debris from the vacuum, make the engine work overload and reduce its life. Change them whenever is necessary.
Check that the hose and fittings are in good condition.
Audio and video:
Do not leave lighted lamps, radios, TVs or other appliances on when no one is using.
Toaster and Oven:
Always keep waste clean the microwave oven, electric oven and toaster, this way they will last longer and consume less energy.
Use CFLs in place of incandescent bulbs, they provide the same level of illumination, last ten times longer and use four times less energy.
Paint the inside of the house with light colors, the light reflects in them and require less energy to light.
Check that the electrical system is not leaking. To do this, disconnect all electrical appliances, including watches; turn off all the lights and check that the meter disk does not move, if the disk is spinning, check the installation commands.
Wash in full load each time, this will decrease the number of sessions weekly wash.
Use only the necessary amount of detergent; excess amounts, produces more foam and makes the engine work more than it should.
A blender that works easily lasts longer and spends less; check that the blades are always sharp and not broken.
The iron is another device that uses a lot of energy. Use it in an orderly way and planned, this saves energy and reduces costs.
Iron as many clothes as possible each time, due to connecting it often causes more energy expenditure than to keep it on for a while.
Iron thick clothes first, or the one that needs more heat, and leave the thin, that requires less heat, to the end, disconnect the iron just before the end to take advantage of accumulated temperature.
Do not let the iron connected unnecessarily.
Check the surface of the plate so that it is always smooth and clean, so heat is transmitted uniformly.
Check that the cable and plug are in good condition.
The refrigerator is one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the home.
Place the refrigerator away from the stove and out of reach of the sun's rays. Check that the door seal perfectly and regularly reviews the package, if it does not close properly, it can generate a consumption three times higher than normal.
Let food cool before refrigerating. The correct position of the thermostat is between the numbers 2 and 3. In hot weather, thermostat should be between the numbers 3 and 4.
If you are planning to buy a new refrigerator, select the one which consumes less electricity. Check the energy efficiency label, which indicates that the device complies with the Official Mexican Standard and saves energy. Remember that automatic defrost consume 12% more electricity and that means more spending.
Defrost the refrigerator and clean with damp cloth grime that builds up in the back, at least every two months. Clean the condenser tubes located on the back or bottom of the device at least twice a year.