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Electricity is more expensive than ever, and more and more appliances have a plug or require a power connection for charging at least some of the time. 
This results in growing electricity consumption and, as a consequence, increasing electricity costs on your wallet. Almost all private households 
and also many offices can save on electricity, in some cases even considerably. Saving electricity in the home is not only easy on the bank account, 
but also reduces CO2 emissions and is an important contribution to the environment.

Important information, tips and tricks on saving electricity can be found here in our guide!
 

If you want to reduce electricity consumption and your electricity costs in the long term, take a step-by-step approach:

  1. Classify your own electricity consumption.
  2. Identify relevant electricity consumers in the household. Replace older, less energy-efficient appliances with energy-efficient models.
  3. Use technical possibilities to reduce the power consumption of existing appliances outside of use.
  4. Review the contract with your energy supplier. Change tariff or electricity provider.
  5. Consider purchasing a photovoltaic system with electricity storage.

What electricity consumption is normal?

Lighting, refrigerator, heating, washing, drying and cooking: 
How much electricity you get by with depends on the type of building, the size of your household size, your appliances and individual living habits.

If you want to save energy, you should first assess your own electricity consumption. 
To do this, put your consumption in relationto the average amount of electricity consumed by a comparable household. 
How high your annual electricity consumption is in kilowatt hours can be found on your electricity provider's bill.

The Stromspiegel provides suitable comparison values. The portal analyses the electricity consumption of almost 300,000 households from all over Germany and offers practical tips on how to save energy. According to this, you can assume the following average electricity consumption:

  • Two-person household: 2,800 to 3,500 kilowatt hours
  • Three-person household: 3,400 to 4,200 kilowatt hours
  • Four-person household: 3,700 to 4,700 kilowatt hours

Timers

Is it worth buying energy-saving appliances and lighting?

Modern refrigerators, fridge-freezers, washing machines, heat pump dryers, dishwashers, cookers, hot plates and TV sets work energy-efficiently and highly effective. As a result, their electricity consumption has 
decreased. It often pays to replace an older appliance with high power consumption and low energy efficiency for an economical model that suits your needs. 
This may cost money at first, but it will save electricity costs in the long run.

Saving electricity with the right lighting and energy cost meters

There is great potential for saving electricity in lighting.
LED lamps and energy-saving light bulbs consume only a fraction of the energy  consumed by conventional lighting. LEDs and energy-saving lamps have a much longer life and can be used in almost any application and can replace incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps in almost every area of application.

If you are unsure where the energy guzzlers in your household are, use an energy consumption meters.

It is plugged in between the socket and the electrical appliance. At the display or on the computer, you can see how much electricity the appliance is and how much it costs you. You can also find out whether and what 
electricity costs are incurred in standby mode.

Many smart home radio-controlled sockets also contain a smart electricity meter.

LED lights with motion detector

How can the power consumption of appliances be reduced?

Simple tip for saving energy: Switch even economical appliances completely off when they are not in use, or unplug them. 
Even modern televisions, music systems, sound systems, satellite receivers and mobile phone chargers swallow electricity when they are on standby. 
The According to the Federal Environment Agency in Germany, no-load losses add up to four billion euros per year and cause high CO2 emissions.
For example, the power consumption of an older hi-fi system in standby can be about 10 watts in standby mode. With 22 hours a day in stand-by mode and an electricity price of 32 cents per kilowatt hour, the annual energy costs are over 28 euros. When buying, look for appliances that can be completely disconnected from the mains to save electricity or have minimal consumption in stand-by mode.

Wireless Sockets

Reduce stand-by consumption

You can use multiple sockets with switches to prevent appliances from draw power when not in use.

If each connection of the multiple socket outlet can be switched individually,  you can precisely curb consumption to save energy. For individual appliances, intermediate socket outlets with illuminated switches or switching electronics.

With radio-controlled socket outlets and timers, you can conveniently switch everything according to a schedule and even remotely switch off everything that consumes electricity in stand-by mode and thus standby mode and thus costs money.

Sockets with toggle switch

Switching the household intelligently with Smart Home

A smart home system makes it easy to save energy in the home.

It controls the lighting, entertainment electronics, roller shutters and sun protection blinds and sun protection via motion sensors, timers and scene programmes as required . By automatically dimming the lights, no more electricity is wasted. When you go to sleep or leave the house, the Smart Home reacts and switches off the lights and devices in stand-by mode.

How can I save electricity by comparing electricity prices?

Comparing prices and electricity is an important aspect of saving electricity. Although you cannot influence the prices of electricity providers, competition among electricity providers with different tariff models offers opportunities to keep electricity costs as low as possible and save cash.

To do this, it is worthwhile to regularly compare electricity providers and their tariffs. If you have not consciously signed a contract with your electricity provider, they use the more expensive basic tariff. As a rule, the electricity provider itself offers tariffs for cheap electricity. Online tariff portals for comparing electricity compare the conditions of the individual electricity providers and help you find an offer that suits your electricity consumption.

Motion detector

Does a photovoltaic system help to reduce electricity costs?

The solar compensation for feeding self-generated solar power into the public grid is in a downward spiral. Nevertheless, the purchase of a photovoltaic system can be worthwhile for you. With solar cells on the roof of your house and an electricity storage unit, you need less electricity from the grid.

Ideally, you will cover a large part of the electricity you need in your household with your own electricity - the keyword is saving through self-consumption. You only buy the electricity you need from your electricity provider over and above the amount you produce yourself.

In addition, self-consumption of a photovoltaic system up to 30 kWp (kilowatt peak) is exempt from the EEG levy. This means that no levies are charged for self-consumed solar electricity up to the limit of 30 mWh (megawatt hours) per year. In addition, there are subsidies for the purchase of a battery storage unit.
 

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