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IF YOU COULD SAVE UP TO 50% OFF YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL, WOULD YOU?

José Antonio Arteaga, executive at Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía (FIDE), which roughly translates to Energy Saving Trust, assures people can reduce their electricity consumption throughout their homes simply by trying.

Carlos Domínguez, CEO at Comisión Nacional para el Ahorro de Energía (CONAE), which is a government department focused solely on energy saving, stresses the importance of less conventional means of “saving” electricity, such as solar water heaters and wind power. Nevertheless, energy efficiency can be achieved through the better use of electrical appliances.

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AIR CONDITIONER

The air conditioner is one of the appliances with the highest consumption of energy; these can add up to 40% of the total electricity bill. To reduce this consumption, it is necessary to constantly clean the frame and make sure there is no leakage, if the appliance is older than five years, it is recommended to replace it with one that is FIDE approved.

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REFRIGERATION

Refrigerators can consume up to 33% of the electrical bill and, as such, are considered one of the appliances with the highest energy consumption. You can decrease the amount of electricity your fridge uses by simply making sure to place it far from the stove and out of the reach of the sun. Additional to placing, make sure the doors are sealing properly, and let all the food cool down before putting it in the fridge. Keeping the coil clean can also contribute to a decrease in energy consumption, It is recommended to replace appliances older than eight years with FIDE approved one, which can presumably lead to a% decrease in your bill.

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LIGHTING

For energy saving purposes, fluorescent lights are preferred over incandescent lamps, as the former provide the same amount of light by using four times less energy, and can last for up to ten times longer. The return on investment for this simple substitution is six months.

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INTERIOR DESIGN

Seventy nine percent of the heat makes its way into a room through the roof and walls; therefore, it is highly advisable to shade these elements by using vegetation, solar protectors, reflective or double pane windows. To prevent too much heat from entering through the roof, it is recommended to paint rooftops white or use polystyrene based insulators.