How to reduce electricity consumption: practical recommendations for home users

Attacks on energy infrastructure can significantly damage energy networks
Attacks on energy infrastructure can significantly damage energy networks

In light of relentless attacks on the Ukrainian energy system, conserving electricity at home is paramount to mitigate potential damage inflicted on power grids, ensuring uninterrupted transmission and distribution of electricity.

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Reducing electricity consumption reduces the load on these networks, which helps avoid overloads and emergency shutdowns.

Here are some technical tips to help reduce electricity consumption, especially in the evenings from 6 to 11 p.m.

1. Use energy efficient devices

LED lamps consume up to 80% less electricity compared to traditional incandescent lamps and have a longer service life.

Choose household appliances with a high energy efficiency class (A+++, A++). Such devices consume much less energy.

2. Use of electronics

Many modern appliances can automatically turn off devices when they are not needed.

Unplug electronic devices that are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby,

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3. Optimizing the operation of air conditioners

Each degree lower in the heating temperature can reduce energy consumption by 6%.

Air conditioners allow you to adjust the temperature according to your schedule, reducing consumption when you are not at home.

4. Household habits

Induction hobs heat up faster and consume less energy.

Use the washing machine or dishwasher only when fully loaded and, if possible, on energy-saving modes. Or you can reduce the degree.

Do not forget to clean the air conditioner filters regularly. Dirty filters make it difficult for the air to flow, forcing the air conditioner to work harder to reach the desired temperature. Regular cleaning ensures easier airflow, increasing the efficiency of the device.

Do not put hot food in the refrigerator. Hot food raises the internal temperature of the refrigerator, forcing it to work harder to cool. This leads to an increase in electricity consumption.

5. Illumination

Maximum use of natural light. Open curtains and blinds during the day to take advantage of sunlight.

Also, choose table lamps or reading lamps instead of general lighting.

6. Smart technologies

They allow you to automatically control illumination, heating, and other systems, reducing energy consumption.

In addition, most modern devices include an "economy" mode.

These simple tips will help you reduce your electricity consumption, which will not only reduce the load on the Ukrainian energy system, but also help you save on electricity bills.

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