Sausterity anno 2020
So you can use a 5 person household to a consumption of a +/- 2 person household! (PART1)
SOLAR PANELS REALLY DELIVER!
We were promised a return of 20 to 30% if we had solar panels installed on our roof. That sounded unbelievable to us. However, almost a year later, we are looking at a return of 30 to 40%. Of course, this is not only due to the return of the solar energy. Further on in this blog I share a part of our”profitable“approach!
162 Kwh is the consumption of a single household
“In 1 year of 4 people consumption to under 2 persons!”
The images are the actual consumption figures. There is a normal life here. Hot water is used every day. Every day the TV is on in the evening. Tablets and laptop to charger but there is also a pump 24/7 for our aquarium.
(Corona: Work is done from home).
WHAT LED YOU?
One of the main austerity measures we have taken is to replace the energy-saving lamps for LED lamps. We have opted for Philips Hue because the control and configuration options are best developed. An advantageous alternative is IKEA TRÅDFRI LED Bulbs - Yes. The IKEA lamps work with their own system but also with and in combination with the Philips HUE bridge.
CALCULATION MODEL (CUT WITH LED)
A simple calculation gives you insight into what you can cut back. In 1 to 2 years you will earn the Philips HUE LED Lights Back. After that, you make a happy cut.
With 4 halogen lamps of 35 watts that light up all 4, +/- 6 hours a day. (which is already a lot) burn together annually 8760 hours. Assuming your electricity costs €0.21 per kW/h, the four halogen lamps cost you €64.40 per year in energy. A similar LED lamp (at full power) consumes only €1.90 per year. For four pieces this comes at €7.60 per year. A savings of over €56 per year on your consumption! A Philips HUE warm white lamp costs +/- €14, - per piece. The color (multi-color) costs +/- €45 per piece.
The real decisive cut is, in our view, in how to use/set the smart LED lamps. In places in the house where the lamps are often left on consciously or unconsciously, we have installed motion censors. These censors ensure that the lamp on, for example, the toilet automatically turns on and off again. This also happens in the corridors. As a result, there is never an unnecessary lamp on. In addition, you can allow the censor to take into account day and night and it is possible to adjust the brightness according to the amount of daylight. Philips HUE sensor
So far this first part of a series of blogs that give you useful tips and examples to cut energy costs effectively and efficiently. Importance to realize is that the biggest measure is in “behavior”. Behavior which is easier to adjust with the help of home automation but also then it is important to consciously deal with consumption.
Even without solar panels, we achieved a savings of approximately 15%!