Energy saving tips from tenants

We at Hoas have been working together with our tenants to save energy over many years already. Here are some tips from our tenants to improve your own energy efficiency and to save energy:

General

  • Choose light colours for your home, for example on the furniture. This makes your apartment naturally lighter, so you don't have to have so many lights on.
  • Turn the radiator thermostat down when you air the apartment.
  • If you have a pet, have the pet sit in your lap to feel warm.
  • If the floor in your home feels cold, put down rugs and wear woolly socks or slippers.

Caring for the home and cooking food

  • Make big batches of food in one go. This saves both money and energy.
  • In a shared apartment you can also cook meals together with your roommates.
  • When cooking, you should make use of the after-heat. You can turn off the stove or the oven before the food is fully cooked, because the oven or the ring will stay hot for quite a while. When you've used the oven, you can make use of the heat by leaving the oven door open for a while.
  • Before putting food in the refrigerator, you should let it cool down on the table or on the balcony. This way the refrigerator doesn't use energy unnecessarily for cooling the food.
  • The coffeemaker is one of the most energy-hungry appliances even when it isn't actually making coffee. Turn it off as soon as the coffee is ready.
  • An iron also uses a lot of energy, so you should avoid leaving it on unnecessarily.
  • Do not do the dishes under running water. You can do the dishes in an energy efficient way by filling the sink with water and adding some dishwashing liquid. You should start with the least dirty items like glasses and cutlery, and finish with the pots and pans. That way you don't need to change the water many times. Before you let the water drain out, you can use it to wet a cloth for wiping the kitchen surfaces and the stove.
  • Using the shared laundry can save both time and energy – you tend to wait until you have a full load to wash, so you do laundry less frequently.

Electrical appliances

  • Remember to defrost and clean the refrigerator and freezer regularly. This saves energy and also helps to lengthen their useful life.
  • Set the fridge/freezer temperatures at a suitable level.
  • Get an extension lead with a power switch. This helps you to turn many things off in one go, instead of having to switch individual items off one at a time. For example, you can easily turn off your TV, video recorder, digital decoder, hi-fi etc. all at once, instead of leaving them to eat up electricity in standby. Another benefit is that the devices go back to standby mode when you switch the extension back on.
  • Use the power-saving settings in your television, computer and other devices.
  • Unplug chargers when your mobile phone, camera, etc. is fully charged. Also, you should not leave things to charge overnight, because it rarely takes longer than a couple of hours for the charging to be complete.
  • A laptop uses many times less energy than a desktop computer. You should not keep the laptop power cord plugged in all the time, but rather you should use up the fully charged battery and then recharge it. This not only saves energy but also makes the battery last longer on the laptop.

If you have a desktop computer, you can also reduce its energy footprint easily

  • Open power management settings and set your hard drives and screen to turn off after a short time of inactivity, and also set the computer to switch to sleep or hibernation mode automatically.
  • Keep the computer's air vents clean and away from walls and other things that may block the passage of air, to keep the computer running smoothly without extra cooling.
  • You can change your computer's power supply to a more energy efficient model, and when buying new components, you should pick ones with low energy consumption.