Increasing energy costs: Energy saving measures at home

The sharp rise in energy costs due to the energy crisis is tearing big holes in our wallets. Now it's time to save energy wherever possible. These energy saving measures for home can help. Good for your wallet and the environment – because every contribution counts.

  • If available, use a microwave instead of an oven.
  • If you use the oven, leave the door open when finished to warm the apartment.
  • Try cooking meals together with others.
  • Drink tap water (its high quality in Bremen) instead of bottled water.
  • When boiling the kettle, use only the water you need, or put it in a thermos for later.
  • Make a large pot of coffee and share with your roommates rather than brewing only a single cup.
  • If available, use a dishwasher (fully loaded) instead of washing by hand.
  • Use the shower instead of the bath and use a timer (five minutes will do).
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Turn off your boiler and set the radiator thermostats to * if no one is around, e.g. on weekends or during breaks.
  • Turn down the washing machine temperature to 30° Celsius (modern detergents work well with low temperature) and wash only full loads.

More tips to save energy in your home

  • Switch to LED lightbulbs (sometimes on offer e.g. at Aldi or Lidl).
  • Keep your electronics on a low brightness setting to save energy.
  • Unplug gadgets like TV, game console, chargers and phones.
  • Open curtains/shades when the sun shines (to heat up) and keep it closed when dark (to keep heat).
  • Check the insulation of your windows/doors (you can buy insulation strips at DIY stores).

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