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Energy The right things to do to make energy economies

Here are a few simple steps to help you reduce your energy consumption and enjoy a safe, clean and well-maintained accomodation.

Reducing electricity use in order to minimize bills

  • Unplug small appliances when not in use.
  • Turn off lights when leaving rooms.
  • Unplug larger appliances (television, computer, ...) when you leave your accommodation for a long period of time.
  • Refrigerator: Defrost your fridge regularly (once a month). Don’t bring in hot dishes. Permanent operation of the fridge motor is a symptom of a malfunction.
  • One degree less for the ambient temperature of the accommodation represents a saving on the heating bill of almost 7%! The comfort temperature is around 19°C during the day and 16°C at night.
  • In winter, do not turn off your convector completely during the day and then turn it back on strongly in the evening, but it’s preferable to simply lower the heating power by a few degrees while you are away.
  • Hidden standby = hidden consumption! The TV / computer / hi-fi set can absorb up to 100 watts per hour, which means an annual electricity consumption of about 80 €.  

Reduce your water bills

Simple acts: did you know this ?

  • A shower consumes 15 litres of water if you' re careful, and more than 60 litres if you leave the water running all the time.
  • Taking a bath consumes about 150 litres of water.
  • For small uses (washing your hands, brushing your teeth, etc.) do not leave the water running all the time.
    There are no small water leaks !
  • A dripping water tap consumes 1.5 litres per hour, i.e. 15 m³/year.
  • A very slight leakage from flushing toilet or water heater (safety group) represents 3 litres per hour or 30 m³ per year.
  • A leaking toilet flush represents 30 litres per hour, or 250 m³ per year.

How to check your toilet flush ? 

Without having flushed the toilet, put a toilet paper where the flush leaks. The paper must remain dry, otherwise it means there is a leak. In that case, inform your residence manager as soon as possible !

How to check your cumulus ?

  • If there is noise of drip without apparent water = it means that there is a leak. 
  • If rust appears around the cumulus = there is a risk of leakage.

In both cases, notify the manager of your residence in order to have control of a technician.  

Healthy and clean housing

  • Ventilate/aerate: an essential step for a healthy indoor climate. Ventilate at least once a day for 15 minutes by opening the windows (remember to turn off the heating in the room during this time). In winter, do not exceed 2x10 minutes of ventilation per day: this allows the air to be renewed without cooling the walls.
  • Ensuring permanent ventilation of the entire accomodation is essential = Do not obstruct CMVs and aerations/ventilations.
  • Do not smoke, especially inside. If someone is smoking inside, ventilate intensively.
  • Avoid the use of perfumes and air fresheners. Open the windows, outside air is still the best remedy against bad smells.
  • Avoid the use of insecticides in the house. These products contain VOCs and substances which are harmful to health. (Some plants act as insect repellents).
  • Use cleaning products efficiently. Exceeding the recommended doses does not improve the quality of cleaning… Follow the use instructions.
  • Vacuum mattresses each season. Mites are microscopic animals.
  • Unblock without polluting : Chemical drain cleaners are particularly toxic and dangerous. In case of blocked pipes, suction cups, pumps or spiral cables often solve the problem
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