Saving for the holidays: Five tips for reducing energy costs at Christmas
Created: 12/17/2022 11:14 am
By: Helmi Krappitz
During the Christmas season, energy consumption in many households is higher than usual. But with a few tricks you can save a lot on electricity costs over the holidays.
Munich – The Christmas shopping mood will be dampened this year by the high energy costs.
The household in particular draws a lot of energy during the Christmas season.
But with the right tips and tricks for saving energy, a cost-effective Christmas celebration is possible.
Saving when showering: economy shower heads help
Savings expert Veit Mürz gave
several pieces of advice in an interview with
Energy and water consumption spikes around Christmas when the whole family is at home.
In addition to shorter and colder showers, energy-saving shower heads are proving to be efficient.
This reduces the water consumption per minute.
, this results in savings of 700 euros per year.
Save electricity: program thermostats
Heating costs are currently causing headaches for many consumers.
If you then forget to turn off the heating before visiting family, it gets expensive.
This is where programmable thermostats can help.
This makes it easy to control the heating when you are away from home.
Saving at Christmas: LED lamps are better than conventional bulbs
Energy can also be saved with the Christmas decorations.
LED lights on the Christmas tree or in front of the window save almost 80 percent electricity compared to conventional light bulbs.
Switching to LED all year round is also worthwhile here.
LED lights save a lot of electricity during the Christmas season.
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Radio-controlled sockets: save energy without stand-by mode
Chains of lights and other illuminated decorations can be controlled by radio-controlled sockets via mobile phone and remote control.
You can turn it off completely.
This avoids the stand-by mode, which wastes a lot of energy over time.
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Energy Saving: Pressure cooker for more efficient cooking
When preparing the Christmas feast, you can also save with simple tricks.
Using a kettle is more efficient than heating it in a saucepan.
A pressure cooker with a temperature display also turns out to be economical.
The sealing ring on the lid keeps the heat in the pot.
In this way, the heat supply can be switched off early and the food continues to cook in the residual heat.
When using the oven, electricity can be saved by not preheating.
You can also use the residual heat from the oven for other dishes.
Lower energy costs all year round: More tips for saving energy
In addition to the savings tips during the Christmas season, you can also save all year round with simple means.
In order to avoid unnecessary power consumption, attention should be paid to the correct energy class for the refrigerator.
Other fridge tips: Defrost the freezer twice a year, cool the temperature down to seven degrees and warm food before putting it in the fridge.
You can also save on the washing machine.
The drum should be fully loaded for each wash cycle.
Washing at lower temperatures can save a lot of energy.
In addition, short wash programs should be avoided.
"Eco washing programs" take longer but use less energy.
With charging cables, care should be taken to ensure that they are not permanently plugged into the socket.
Because even if you don't charge a device, current flows.
Power strips can help here.
The bars are switched off by a foot switch or when a certain threshold value is exceeded.
This saves around 100 euros per year in the long term.