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Ten domestic energy sinks where our bills skyrocket


The energy sinks or leaks exist. They are not extrasensory holes from another space-time dimension that materialize in ectoplasmic forms and steal our energy, but real events for which we are also the main responsible.

These are the six appliances that contribute the most to your monthly bill

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Is about a series of everyday bad habits that we have unconsciously consolidated and that lead us to uselessly waste the energy that comes to us in the form of gas and electricity, so that our bills skyrocket.

If we know how to detect and neutralize them, that is, correct them and take the appropriate measures to avoid wasting energy that they entail, we can achieve a very important saving in our monthly consumption that will be reflected in the subsequent invoices.

It must be taken into account that an uncontrolled drain can make gas consumption, for example, double that necessary in a peak cold month, such as this January that begins.

Here we tell you the top ten energy sinks in your home and the way to eliminate them so that you do not lose both your electricity and gas bills.

1. The ‘stand by’ in the living room

Without a doubt the stand by, This form of floating shutdown that electronic items such as televisions, stereophonic chains, computers, etc. have, to be able to turn on later thanks to the remote control, is a consumption nothing disposable.

It is estimated that in some cases it may be 15% of consumption which is reflected in the invoice. Correcting it is as simple as placing plug collectors with a switch to be able to turn it off at night or if we go on vacation or weekend.

2. Badly bled radiators

The purge of the radiators, facing winter, as we explained in Four care for your radiators to avoid scares with the cost of heating, is almost an annual obligation for remove the air that they may contain and that makes the water circuit lose a lot of efficiency, since it heats up badly and conducts heat in a very reduced way.

It is estimated that a poorly purged circuit can shoot its flow up to twice the normal amount. The operation is simple and once carried out, the water pressure must be restored if it has dropped.

3. Dry radiator gaskets

This drain is almost always linked to the one in the previous section, since the dry joints in the radiator intakes with the tubes, or in the caps, suppose water losses which in turn allow air to enter the radiator, as well as a drop in circuit pressure. Through the operation called “plugging”, which a professional can perform, we can change the joints.

4. Dirty air filters in the hot / cold pump

If we use a cold / heat pump and it works with the Inverter system, it is likely that we will obtain good energy savings, as we explained in Tell me what your house is like and I will tell you how to heat it (without ruining you).

Now if we are not clean and we do not disassemble the filter at least every six months of the pump to clean it properly, it is very likely that the pump expels the hot air with less force than it should and as a result it costs you more to heat the rooms. It is estimated that the additional expense of a dirty filter can amount to up to 25% extra.

5. The protective foam in the heat pump tubes dries out

This is one that very few people take into account, but that, in pumps far from the compressor, in which the tubes that connect both devices have to make a route exposed to the sun and other inclement weather, can subtract up to 50% efficiency.

In other words, the pump will have to work twice as hard to achieve the same result, since a good part of the heat – or cold in summer – is lost through the surface of the tubes as the foam coating has been lost. To restore it, we must call a technician and additionally include, in addition to the foam, a protective box to avoid the action of the sun in the future.

6. The mixer tap in the middle

The mixer tap must always be on totally on the cold water side default. Otherwise when we open it to rinse a glass, drink a little water, etc., it will activate the demand for hot water, even in a small proportion, and it will cost the boiler or heater, and it will also be totally useless unless be that we need hot water.

7. The electric brush charging

This is one of the most common among users of electric toothbrushes: leave it connected once it has been fully charged. The reason is that as the battery suffers small discharges it will charge unnecessarily. Also that some older models turn on a blue light to indicate that it has been fully charged.

8. Dirty fridge and freezer rubbers

Another that in cases of very degraded and dry rubber can make us lose a significant amount of energy in the form of wasted frigories. Rubbers should be washed frequently, if possible only with water to remove sauces or food remains that have stained them and that may be corrosive. Otherwise they will lose their elasticity and will insulate poorly.

9. The silicone of the windows dries

This is especially so in the case of aluminum carpentry, which is usually adhered with silicone in the contours to insulate properly. If it is continuously subjected to the sun, ends up drying out and shedding, losing efficiency in the asylee, with which we will have to spend more to heat, or cool, the house.

10. The router on when we do not use it

Indeed, unless we are downloading movies or video games from a platform, or we control an appliance via Wi-Fi, it doesn’t make much sense to have the router turned on at night nor when no one is home. The expense is not excessive but it all adds up and we also extend the life of the device.

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