Jessica Genco

How to save on bills according to the ENEA handbook

ENEA, the national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development, has formulated a handbook containing valuable advice to ease the expensive energy that this year will weigh on the bills of Italians.

It will be tough months, those to come, when the energy crisis it will turn into a burden increase in bills. The situation is so serious that we have come to consider extend daylight saving time to all months of the yearhoping to reduce energy consumption and related costs. In fact, in recent months, nothing has been done but donating advicemore or less sensible, to cope withincrease in the price of gas and electricity which will weigh on the budget of Italian families (and not only). Between those who suggest cooking pasta with the heat off, after the water has boiled, and those inviting to reduce the number of weekly showers, in the last hours it has been AENEAS to provide us (finally!) with functional and meaningful solutions. The National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development has taken care, in fact, to donate a decalogue containing twenty tips to treasure to avoid – or at least reduce – the waste And moderate energy consumption thus succeeding in the difficult undertaking of save on bills.

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What does the ENEA handbook suggest to us?

Inside the Decalogue published from ENEA are present old and new adviceadopting which it will be possible not only save on billsbut also live more sustainablya commitment not to shirk considering the dramatic environmental crisis with which we are having to deal in recent years and, in particular, in recent months, between fires, melted glaciers And Drought.

The National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development renews its invitation to turn off the lights if not necessaryalso helping in this through remote control and home automation systemsnot to raise the temperature in the house above 22 ° C, preferably stopping at 19 ° C, a prefer the shower over the bathroomwhose water consumption is almost double, but also a regularly defrost refrigerators and freezers to optimize energy efficiency by reducing excess consumption and subjecting its systems to be regularly maintained, so as to ensure its functioning and minimize its environmental impact.

To these more or less known suggestions, there are other equally important, effective and sometimes erroneously ignored suggestions. It is about solutions designed to incentivize a thoughtful and conscious use of electricity and heating which in the winter months usually reach their peak.

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For what concern energy savingin addition to those already mentioned, there are three main tricks of which AENEAS informs us within his Decaloguethat is to say:

  • Replace the most common incandescent or halogen bulbs with energy-saving ones, that is, they use LED technology. These, in fact, with the same absorbed power, produce 5 times more light compared to classic alternatives.
  • If possible, choose the purchase of appliances of higher energy class. In this regard, ENEA proposes two rather explanatory examples, informing us that “replacing a 20-year-old washing machine with a current class A washing machine could result in an electricity saving of 35%”While, if a refrigerator were to be replaced,“ it could reach up to 40% ”.
  • Use multi-socket power strips in which to collect the plugs of several electronic devices in such a way that, by simply pressing on the switch of the device, it will be possible turn them all off simultaneously significantly reducing the energy consumption of each of them.

How to reduce consumption related to heating

Since the increases on the bill they will also cover the gas consumption and therefore the heating widely used during the cold season, the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development suggests a few effective advice to run for cover:

  • Tighten meticulously shutters and shutters during the night, in order to avoid unnecessary heat loss to the outside.
  • Ask for the realization of the thermal coat so as to insulate the house, disperse a lower quantity of 40/50% of heat and have the possibility of install a less powerful boiler.
  • Insulate the roof and ceiling to save up to 20% of energy.
  • Replace old windows, from which they usually pass annoying drafts, with other new ones made in PVC or wood with thermal break and with double or triple glazing. Furthermore, as ENEA itself points out, “In case of installation of shutters it is good to go and check that the bins are well insulated in order to avoid air infiltrations that can alter the comfort of the home “.
  • Avoid placing cloths or other objects on radiators, or cover them with curtains or furniture. These behaviors, in fact, would act as an obstacle to the regular and efficient propagation of heat. On the contrary, ENEA suggests “insert a reflective panel between the wall and the radiator ” or alternatively, a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the heat in the room. To this is added the usual foresight of do not keep the windows open for too long: in fact, to freshen the air, just open them for a few minutes.
  • Use thermostatic valves not to exceed the average temperature of the apartment and, therefore, to avoid unnecessary consumption.
  • Prefer a condensing boiler compared to traditional ones, since, with this device, the exhaust gases are not dispersed in the air but are used to absorb the heat contained in them in the form of water vapor.


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