EDF, Engie and TotalEnergies call on the French to limit their energy consumption. As winter approaches, these companies do not want to take any risks in an uncertain context.
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We offer you this guide to help you reduce your energy consumption:
Your electricity consumption:
- Turn off what you’re not using. Even though many electronic devices have a sleep mode, they still consume electricity – and while it’s not a lot, it adds up over the course of the year.
- Install solar panels. No, they aren’t as inefficient as you might think, and they don’t stop working under cloudy skies. Solar panels can be very expensive to install, but the investment is worth it. You will certainly get your money back in five years, and continue to save a lot for several decades.
- Reassess your appliances. If you live alone, do you really need such a giant refrigerator? If you don’t have a lot of clothes, do you really need a big washing machine? If you live in an extremely dry climate, do you really need a dryer?
- Reassess your consumer electronics. Desktop computers generally consume more electricity than laptops, tablets and phones.
- If all you need to do is browse the web and check email, maybe you don’t really need a desktop computer. Try an iPad or Surface Go instead.
- If you’re a casual gamer, try a gaming laptop rather than a gaming desktop.
- Do you really need a 4k screen? Try to reduce your expenses to a 1080p monitor.
- Replace old air conditioners. Most newer air conditioners have energy efficiency features that can help you save a lot on your energy bill.
- Isolate. The more you insulate your home, the less you will need to use your air conditioner and heater.
- Insulate your attic and basement.
- Install double-glazed windows.
- Put curtains and draperies on every window – and learn how to use them to manage the interior temperature.
- Replace the carpet to insulate your floors ; if you are allergic to carpeting, bamboo still has better insulating properties than most hardwoods and stones.
Your water consumption:
- Switch to tankless water heaters. Since tank water heaters require a few minutes of running water to get hot water, you’re often wasting many gallons of water and a lot of gas. Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, as needed. You won’t waste energy waiting for the water to warm up.
- Adopt water-saving sanitary appliances. You’d be surprised how much water you actually need for a given task. Once you embrace water-efficient faucets, toilets, and showerheads, you’ll begin to realize just how much water ordinary plumbing fixtures waste. These devices can help you save thousands of gallons of water per year.
- Wash smart. If you know you’re going to wash your dishes in a dishwasher, you don’t need to pre-wash them in your sink; simply throw the large pieces of food in the trash and place the dish directly in the dishwasher. Likewise, you don’t need a washing machine if you only want to wash a few clothes. Only use a washing machine if you can wash your clothes in bulk.
- Irrigate smartly. Sprinklers are EXTREMELY wasteful. They spray way too much water on areas without vegetation. Try installing a drip irrigation system instead.
- Water as early in the morning as possible.
- Turn off your irrigation systems during the rainy season.
- Whenever possible, water your plants by hand.
- If there is runoff, you are watering too much. The soil only needs to be moist.
- Buy an artificial lawn. Artificial lawns have come a long way: many of them look very realistic and are designed to last for decades. Best of all, they don’t require any water at all.
- Pee in the shower (or in the sink, if it’s low enough). Flushing the toilet just to get rid of fluids is a huge waste of water. Urinating in the shower and evacuating it in seconds under running water will save you several liters of water per day.
How to reduce your gas consumption?
- natural gas is much cheaper than electricity. Any appliance that can run on natural gas will almost always be several times more efficient than its electric counterpart.
- gas stoves are more efficient than electric stoves.
- Gas heaters are more efficient than electric heaters.
- Gas water heaters are more efficient than electric water heaters.
- Heat smart. If you turn on your heating just so you can walk around the house naked, you’re wasting a lot. In the long run, sweaters and jackets are much cheaper than electricity bills.