Due to high energy prices, many people are looking for ways to reduce their own heating costs. At the same time, numerous curious savings tips are circulating in the (social) media. Not all of them make sense – some are even dangerous. We show you which tips you should not follow, when playing TonyBet kazino.
From sealing windows to adjusting the thermostat: The most common energy-saving tips passed through the media so often in 2022 that we could probably recite them in our sleep. Other, more curious tips still attract attention. But not all of them are recommended – you’d better not try the following four tips.
WHAT NOT TO DO THIS WINTER
1. tea light stove instead of heating?
If you don’t want to turn on the gas heating, simply light a DIY tea light stove – that’s the idea. Numerous guidebooks praise the small clay pot, under which usually four to five tea lights burn, as a heating alternative for the winter. But unfortunately it is not quite so simple.
One tea light has a heating capacity of 30-50 watts, with five tea lights you get about 200 watts. That doesn’t sound bad, but it’s very low compared to a normal heater. According to Expert:innen, only heaters with a heating capacity of 100 watts per square meter of living space should be installed in new buildings and thermally insulated old buildings.
2. let the heating run through?
Letting the room temperature drop again and again and then raising it again is supposed to waste energy unnecessarily. Does it really make sense to let the heating run constantly?
No, it is recommended to turn down the heating when it is not needed. At night you should turn down the temperature in any case, as well as when you leave the house for a longer time. Turning down the heating for 30 minutes makes little sense, but for four hours it will usually be worth it.
3. heat only one room?
Our grandparents already did it in a similar way: one room in particular is heated, the living room. In the rest of the house it remains cold. Theoretically, you could still do it this way today. But one should be careful.
Yes, not every room has to have a comfortable 25 degrees. The optimum room temperature for the living room, for example, is around 20 degrees, and in the bedroom 17 to 18 degrees is enough for a good night’s sleep. And a few degrees less are certainly no problem. But not heating at all can have unpleasant consequences – namely mold.
Warm air can absorb more water than cold air. That’s why the room temperature should not drop below 16 degrees, even in winter, advises Stiftung Warentest. Above all, the bathroom should always be heated because a particularly large amount of moisture accumulates there. Proper ventilation is just as important to prevent mold. 4.
4. heating with fan heaters instead of gas heating?
There was a real run on fan heaters in the summer of 2022: At times, the small electric heaters were sold out in numerous DIY stores. Yet the devices are not a good alternative to gas heating – not even from a financial perspective. You don’t save money with fan heaters; on the contrary, you drive up your electricity bill. Because the devices are powered by electricity and that is becoming increasingly expensive.
If too many fan heaters are operated at the same time, this could also theoretically lead to local network overloads – the technology associations VDE and DVWG warn against this. They therefore advised against using mobile electric direct heating devices such as fan heaters, radiators or radiant heaters as an alternative to gas heating in winter.