Saving energy is important: you get a cheaper energy bill and it's good for the environment! 

Heating

  1. Set the thermostat to max 19° - 20°C, which is a healthy and comfortable temperature
  2. Set the thermostat one degree lower during the daytime, you can save up to 7% on your energy bill. 
  3. Set the thermostat to 15°C one hour before you leave the house or go to sleep
  4. Going on vacation? Set the thermostat to 12°C. 
  5. Never put anything on your radiators. 
  6. Turn your boiler off when you are away from home for a long time, or in the summer. Even the pilot light consumes energy. 
  7. Dust the heating elements. The dust retains the heat. 

Isolation

  1. Close the doors. Keep unheated spaces closed, so the cold does not spread throughout your home. Also close doors to the hallway in order to avoid heat loss. 
  2. Close curtains and blinds at night. Do not hang long curtains in front of heating elements, because the heat will go away through the windows. 
  3. Avoid drafts in the home by using draft-dogs. 
  4. Place foam around your heating pipes, especially in the unheated areas of your home. 

Lighting

  1. Lamps with a dimmer also use power when the light is off. You can prevent this by pulling the plug out or installing a switch between the dimmer and the outlet. 
  2. Do not leave any unnecessary lights burning inside or outside of your home. 

TV's, computers and chargers

  1. Do not leave your devices on stand-by, it consumes unnecessary energy. Gather all your devices in an electrical outlet that you can switch off. 
  2. Beware of stand-by consumption! Toothbrush chargers, mobile phone chargers, video cameras and other power chargers use power when you leave them in the socket. When you are not charging anything it is best to unplug the charger. 
  3. When you shut down your computer, printer or fax, it uses power even when the plug is in thesocket. Insert all plugs in to a  power strip that you remove from the power outlet at night. 

The laundry

  1. Only turn your washing machine on when it is full. Running a half ful washing machine uses too much energy. 
  2. New A+ or A++ washing machines provide clean laundry when you wash at 40°C. 
  3. Dry your clothes by air as much as possible! 
  4. If you do dry your clothes in a dryer it is better to use an extra spin cycle in your washing machine first. It cuts down on the time needed to dry your clothes. 

The kitchen

  1. Always place a lid on pots when you cook. Your food will cook faster and you can save up to 50% energy. 
  2. When using the oven, try to keep it closed at much as possible. When you open the oven a lot of heat releases which results in the oven having to use extra energy to get back to temperature. 
  3. Defrost your frozen food in the refrigerator. The cold that is released during the defrost is used by the fridge therefore having to use less energy to cool. 
  4. Defrost your freezer regularly, and ice layer of 2mm uses 10% more energy. 
  5. Fill the dishwasher completely and use eco-saving programs. 

Hot water

  1. Take a shower instead of a bath. Showering consumes only 40 liters of water, while a bath uses up to 130 liters of water. 
  2. Do not stand too long in the shower, this way you will use less water. 
  3. Do not let the water run while doing dishes or brushing you teeth. Every minute you let the water run you use 5 liters of water. 
  4. Install a low-flow showerhead. You use up to 5 times less water than a standard showerhead. 
  5. Limit the temperature of your water heater to 60°C. This temperature is high enough, you consume less energy and prevent limescale in the device. 
  6. Choose a water-saving toilet with an eco-button. One flush of the toilet uses about 9 liters of water. You can reduce the content by placing a full water bottle in the water tank or by lowering the floater. 
  7. The use of rain water for your toilet significantly drops water consumption. 
  8. Restore leaky faucets immediately. A faucet that leaks 10 drops per minute creates a loss of almost 2,000 liters per year. 

Source: www.inspirerend-wonen.be