We’re all responsible for the energy we use in our homes. Take a look at our quick tips below and see how you could make your home more energy efficient.

Simple steps you can use today

How can you contribute differently ? Tips from our tenants.

As a renter, you may not think you have much control over your ecological footprint. But it turns out that what you do in your individual apartment can have a big impact on the environment–and your health.

Here are all the ideas that we have received these last few days from our [rezidentz] members :

🔌 Unplug appliances when not in use. (standby functions still consume 14% of energy)

🚿 Cut your shower time to 5 minutes

🪟 Clean windows and curtains to let more light into the house

☀️ Avoid placing furniture or objects in front of your windows that could block the light

🪥 Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth

🧽 Keep the back of the fridge clean (reduces electricity by 30%)

💡 Use energy efficient light bulbs (uses about 25%-80% less energy)

🛗 Take the stairs instead of using the elevator when possible

💻 Shut off computers (a computer left on 24 / 7 costs approx. €100 a year to run)

“In our consumer society we develop bad habits that lead to neglect.” Yannick, member at [rezidentz]

📱 Unplugging your phone charger when it is not in use (saves 7 kilos of CO2 a year)

🧖‍♀️Dry your hair thoroughly before using the hairdryer

🧺 Wash at 30 or less. (uses around 40% less electricity than higher temperatures)

🧑‍🍳 Covering pots and pans when cooking (consumes 25% less energy)

⬇️ Lower the thermostat (every 0.5 degrees Celcius will save 3% energy)

“From the start we decided to invest in renewable energy for electricity, double glazed windows and modern boilers to reduce energy consumption.” Elie, co-founder of [rezidentz]

🧽 Clean or change all dirty filters regularly

🔥 Use microwave instead of oven (consumes 10 times less)

🚪 Close doors to any unused rooms

🧦 dress warmly (silk socks, plaid, sweater)

🕑 Use the washing machine at non-peak hours (before 8 am and after 8 pm)

🍽️ Only run full loads of dishes and clothes (can save 3,400 gallons of water a year)

🧊 Finally, If you have no prior experience with cold showers, start with a regular shower and finish the last 30 seconds cold.

Research suggests that cold shower benefits include increasing alertness and energy, lowering inflammation, better sleep and much more.

Our next post will cover Wim Hof’s technique on how to implement cold showers into your daily routine. So stay tuned !

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