Energy efficiency tips
It is time to consciously change our habits to improve the environment
It is time to consciously change our habits to improve the environment
Making small changes to your daily habits can also help save electricity.
While lower consumption means:
lower electricity costs, cleaner environment.
Lighting accounts for almost a quarter of a home’s electricity bill. The most efficient solution to reduce energy consumption for lighting is to use LED bulbs. By choosing LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs, you can reduce the energy costs of luminaires by up to 80%.
In addition to using LED bulbs and switching off the lights when you leave a room, a range of devices that help you control the lighting in your home will also contribute to its energy efficiency.
Traditional incandescent bulbs convert only 10-15% of electricity into light. That is why
the most efficient choice is the light-emitting diode or LED bulb. In addition, LED bulbs:
In order to choose a bulb that fits the luminaire, the first step is to check the size of the bulb and the bulb base.
When choosing LED bulbs, their brightness should be measured in lumens.
The light from a LED bulb can have different temperatures, which determine the colour of the light emitted.
The temperature of light is measured in kelvin and is denoted by the letter K. The lower the kelvin on the packaging, the warmer and yellower the light will be, the higher the kelvin, the bluer and cooler the light will be.
You can then check the other parameters that determine the quality and suitability of the bulb for your needs:
Like electrical products, LED bulbs have a manufacturer’s warranty. Keep the receipt
and packaging when buying an LED bulb. If the bulb burns out before the specified
warranty period, you can exchange it for a new one or get your money back.
Is a coloured sticker on electrical appliances that indicates the appliance's energy efficiency class (how efficiently the appliance uses electricity) and other key features such as sound level, capacity, etc.
It is a European Union instrument that helps consumers across Europe to buy more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly household appliances and promotes the production and development of innovative, efficient products.
It is important to note that devices must be labelled, regardless of whether the product is bought in a store or online.
The groups of electrical products that have the energy label are:
This is currently the case for product groups such as fridges and freezers, washing machines/dryers, TVs and electronic visual displays, dishwashers, light sources. However, it is planned to be gradually introduced for all product groups.
The new label has a different scale of energy efficiency classes, with products being sorted into G-A classes (eliminating A+, A++ and A+++ classes).
Existing products will be downgraded to lower classes, but this does not mean that their energy efficiency will be lower. The energy consumption of the product remains the same – only the efficiency rating, i.e. the letter on the label, changes.
You can find out your home's hourly consumption on the Enefit Latvia app or on the My Enefit self-service portal.
The data can help to assess what reduces and what increases electricity consumption. Longer periods (weeks, months and years) can also be compared for a more detailed analysis.
The analysis will help to identify, for example, how electricity consumption is affected by different electrical products and the changes in daily habits.
Hourly electricity consumption data is only available for homes with a smart meter.
The Enefit Latvia app shows current and the next day's electricity prices at the energy exchange. If you are on a Dynamic tariff, being flexible to adapt your daily routine to changes in electricity prices can help you save.
All types of energy – electricity, heat, fuels, etc. – come from different types of raw materials or energy sources. They can be called the sources from which energy is produced.
Energy resources can be divided into two groups – renewable and non-renewable. The division indicates that renewable energy sources are those that are able to renew themselves through natural processes and are relatively inexhaustible.
Traditionally, renewable energy sources include:
Renewable or green energy is produced from 100% renewable energy sources.
The existence of society is closely linked to the production and consumption of energy. Even though an increasing amount of new energy-efficient technologies are invented, the world’s overall energy consumption is rising.
Most of the energy sources used are fossil or non-renewable (natural gas, coal, oil, etc.), but their use both depletes the planet's resources and is not good for the environment.
Fossil fuels emit more CO2 than renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, renewable energy sources are not only better for the environment but also an economically viable.
The most significant heat loss occurs when the home is not properly insulated. Data shows that up to 50% of heat can be saved by properly insulating the walls, roof, attic, basement, etc., in other words, the whole house (including replacing doors and windows).
It is not advisable to place furniture in front of radiators, as a sofa or fridge placed close to the radiator will absorb the heat used to heat the room.
While a general temperature reduction of 1-2 °C will result in small savings, the most efficient use of heat will be if the temperature is lowered significantly, by several degrees, at night or when you are out of the house for several hours. This can reduce energy costs by up to 10% per month.
To easily control the room temperature, you can buy and install a thermostat.
Change of everyday habits and energy efficiency solutions
Reduced electricity consumption and lower costs
Lower amount of electricity produced and conservation of energy resources
A more sustainable and cleaner environment
Of course, you need to consider which device would be appropriate for a particular room or location. It is also important to remember to buy the appropriate LED bulbs for each device. For example, for a light with a motion sensor, choose a bulb with more on/off cycles, and for a light with a dimmer, choose a bulb that has the option to adjust the intensity of the light. Follow the instructions on the packaging!
Plan your electricity consumption by adapting to market price fluctuations and reduce your electricity bill by using more electricity when the price is down and less when it goes up. The larger your home, the greater the potential for economic optimisation of your electricity consumption.
When choosing LED bulbs, their brightness should be measured in lumens, which is the unit of luminous intensity. They are identified on the packaging by the letters lm.
The more lumens, the brighter the bulb. For example, a 100 watt incandescent light bulb is equivalent to a 1600 lumen LED bulb.
If insulation defects have been identified in the windows and doors of your home and no renovations are planned in the near future, you can improve insulation by sealing gaps or hanging thick curtains at the windows to help trap heat in the room.
To easily control the room temperature, you can buy and install a thermostat. All you have to do is set a specific time when the room temperature needs to be lowered.
Needless to say, the energy costs of the whole building depend mainly on the type of heating chosen. If you have a choice of home heating solutions, we recommend choosing from those where the cost and consumption can be easily adjusted individually.