A difficult winter awaits us. Energy saving is a must

The energy crisis triggered by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is already weighing on our wallets. Fuel is more expensive, there is a shortage of coal, and gas supply and prices are a big unknown.

It is therefore not surprising that even institutions as powerful as the European Commission appeal to all interested parties: we need to start saving energy. And it’s better now. “Saving energy is the fastest and cheapest way to deal with the current energy crisis, allowing to reduce bills” – reports the representative of the EC in Poland.

The European Union even has a specific plan to reduce consumption in member states. Besides long-term solutions, such as increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the European Commission also highlights the need for savings among EU citizens. It has been believed that changing our daily habits can help reduce gas and crude oil demand by 5%.

For us to feel all these changes, we need to change our habits in terms of heating, services and transport. Reducing gas consumption for heating is particularly important, but it can also help reduce electricity consumption, as much of it is still produced from fossil fuels – gas, oil and coal.

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The European Commission, in collaboration with the International Energy Agency, has prepared the collection nine steps that can bring you noticeable savings in energy and fuel consumption. These are:

1. Reduce the heating temperature and use the air conditioning less often.

The average temperature at which Europeans set the heater is 22°C, but many people find it comfortable at 20 or even 19 degrees Celsius. Reducing the temperature on the thermostat by 1 ° C can save up to 7%, which gives hundreds of zlotys per year. A similar principle applies to air conditioning – except, of course, in its case, we set the temperature one degree higher.

2. Set the parameters of the heating oven.

Changing the default settings of a boiler or stove at home can pay off almost 10%. energy savings. Adjusting the temperature of home heating and water heating throughout the year can lower bills by hundreds of zlotys.

3. If possible – work from home.

Commuting to work by car every day accounts for around a quarter of the total fuel consumption of cars in the European Union. At the same time, more than a third of professions in the EU do not require a permanent presence in the office. If we have such an opportunity, working remotely three days a week can reduce fuel costs by more than 100 PLN per month on average, even taking into account the higher electricity consumption at home.

4. Use your car more economically.

Most car journeys in Europe are made by one person. Scheduling a carpool with neighbors, friends or colleagues saves fuel and money. Savings can also be achieved by setting a slightly higher temperature in the car.

5. Drive slower.

Driving fast is inefficient for the engine and increases fuel consumption. It has been calculated that by reducing the average speed on highways by 10 kilometers per hour per year, you can save about 300 PLN on fuel.

6. Leave the car at home.

Major European cities are promoting “car-free Sundays”. Not using your car one day a week can also save you money. During the year it can reach 500 PLN.

7. For short distances, choose cycling or walking.

If we have to drive a short distance, leaving the car in the parking lot saves a significant amount of fuel (and money). At the same time, around a third of the journeys made by car by Europeans are less than three kilometres. Traveling such short distances by bicycle, electric scooter or on foot can save up to 250 PLN per year.

8. Use public transport.

If we have such an opportunity, it is worth replacing the car with public transport. This way we can reduce the amount of fuel used.

9. Take the train instead of flying.

At distances less than 1 mile. kilometers, the train is an interesting alternative to the plane. If it is practical and economically viable, you should choose the train rather than the plane. This applies to private and business trips.

Some Member States have already taken energy saving incentives to heart. The Dutch Consumer Agency reports that 9 out of 10 Dutch men and women have already taken steps in this direction.

People in the Netherlands, for example, are installing smart meters, solar panels, but also double glazing. They also often decide to insulate the roof. In March, the Dutch government announced incentives for citizens to save energy.

Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck also strongly encourages Germans to save energy. According to him, it is possible to reduce the individual consumption of electricity and heat by up to 10%. The Minister for the Climate and the Economy proposes replacing the car with a train and promoting remote working.

“Every kilometer that has not been traveled by a car makes it easier for us to cut off Russia’s energy. At the same time, we are protecting the climate,” said Robert Habeck.

Some Polish women are also ready to save energy in order to become dependent on raw materials from Russia. 35 percent of respondents say that to reduce their dependence on Russian raw materials, they have already turned down the thermostats. Another 17 percent. is set to do so later this year.

Even more popular – according to statements by survey participants – is another form of energy saving: this is o turn on the heating fewer hours each day. This is mentioned by 42 percent. respondents and an additional 15%. is ready to do so in the near future.

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