Showering instead of having a bath, opening windows wide for short periods instead of permanently: people who save a little energy every day, pay lower heating costs. But where is it particularly worthwhile changing your behaviour? These tips help the environment and your wallet.
Get up from your desk every hour. Put a euro in your piggy bank every day. Learn 30 words of vocabulary every week. The result? In a year, less back pain, more money and a larger vocabulary. Small changes have a big impact - provided we change our behaviour permanently. This rule also applies to energy consumption.
1. Ventilate properly
Do you keep your window tilted open in winter? This lets cold air into your home and forces the heating system to constantly keep heating. When the radiator is located under the window, the rising warm air disappears straight through the gap.
The alternative is to open the windows wide for short periods. Turn off the radiators three to four times a day and open the windows fully. After a maximum of five minutes, close the windows and turn on the heating again.
The non-profit consulting company co2online estimates for the Germany-wide campaign "Mein Klimaschutz" (My Climate Protection) that this short but intense ventilation can save 165 euros and 560 kg of CO2 per year in a single-family house.
2. Shower instead of taking a bath
You could take two or three hot showers with the water you use for a full bathtub.. Shower heads that mix air into the water jet go one step further. The consumer usually doesn't notice that up to 50 per cent less hot water per minute comes out of the shower.
3. Save hot water
A simple trick: turn off the tap in between when brushing your teeth or cleaning vegetables. Or wash your hands with cold water in winter as well - then you use no heating energy at all. Another tip: cook vegetables, potatoes or eggs with only a little water. This saves energy and time.
4. Drying your washing
Drying laundry indoors is not a good idea because of the risk of mould. What's more: damp clothes near or on the radiator prevent the air from circulating. The thermostat registers that the room air is cool and the heating system keeps heating the room up.
Don't you have a drying room in the building? Then perhaps you can use the balcony or the back yard. Damp clothes dry even when it is cold or freezing!
During the heating period and beyond, we support you with tips to simply save heating costs. Also take a look at our other energy saving tips:
- Room temperature: Saving heating costs with the right setting
- Saving heating costs – tips for early autumn and spring
- Reducing heat losses: Tenants can implement these measures
An information graphic with further tips - also for printing and downloading - can be found here: