Energy costs are skyrocketing. But it is possible to save money without cutting back too much.

Have you received a utility bill and wonder what you’ve been charged and how much you’re paying? Aside from the things you more or less can’t control, there are things you can easily influence. It’s a key part of your bill – your consumption. How do you regulate it without limiting it too much ?

Do you always have your appliances on?

It’s clear that you can’t unplug the refrigerator and that it has to go nonstop. But this is not true for other appliances. For example, it’s a computer, it’s also a television, but there may be other appliances that remain in so-called stand-by mode when they are idle. They may be ready for use right away, but also remember that this mode consumes electricity even when you are not using the electronics.

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What other supplier?

Yes, even that can be a way to pay less with the same consumption. You can compare the tariffs of many companies that offer electricity subscriptions. You can save several thousand crowns that you can use elsewhere.

Think green and make the most of your appliances

Always use your household appliances to the maximum. Fully load the dishwasher and use the eco-programme. Use the same programme for washing clothes, but be careful not to overfill the machine – it’s harder to wash. You can use the low washing temperature. For fridges and freezers, always remove food quickly and don’t leave the door open unnecessarily. And definitely don’t put hot food in the fridge. Use the microwave as little as possible, rather reheat food on the stove.

You can already choose when it comes to lighting. The right bulbs not only save you money, but are also less unhealthy for our eyes. LED bulbs may be more expensive, but they last much longer than conventional bulbs and also use less energy. For a chandelier that is multi-fluorescent, one more powerful one will suffice, which will also give off more light. The important thing is to turn them off one at a time, not to leave unnecessary lights on. You may not realise it in a day, but over the course of a year, simply switching off the bulbs will save you thousands. A desk lamp will do for reading a book.