What you can do

Our small daily actions can contribute to energy saving, and these include some ways to behave with regard to the use of “household energy”, i.e. the energy used for heating and electricity. It is pointed out that energy for domestic use absorbs more than 18% of the national energy requirements and is responsible for approximately 27% of the polluting emissions.  We can try to save up to 50% of the household energy that we utilize.
Each of the electrical appliances in our homes uses energy. It is important to read the energy efficiency label when buying an item and prefer the appliances that have a lower energy consumption. We must always make sure that the models that we are being offered are high efficiency products and they must bear the IMQ (the Italian Quality Control board) mark or another European mark or guarantee. Furthermore, if the electrical appliance is  strong and repairable, it will last longer and costs for its disposal will be avoided. To improve the efficiency of an energy system means:

  • for heating in the homes, to decrease the amount of energy required to heat one square metre;
  • for the refrigerator, to decrease the amount of electricity utilized in one day;
  • for the gas oven, to decrease the energy required for its operation for a  whole day;
  • for the air conditioner, to decrease the amount of electric energy utilized in one day.

Here below, a series of actions are listed, that will help to save energy in the homes without having to  renounce  comfort and wellbeing.

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