According to the questionnaire done by Sitra in 2019 most Finns find sustainable way of living to be important. Over the third of Finns have made changes to their diets, consumption habits, living and energy consumption to be more sustainable. Also, at least every fourth of the Finnish people considered sustainability in their choice of transportation.
I asked my colleagues here in EnerKey in honor of the “Movita Energy Saving week” (link only in Finnish) about their tips and best practices regarding energy savings and reducing the consumption in everyday life.
Based on the results we can conclude that the apple does not fall far from the tree what comes to sustainability. The employees at EnerKey turned out to be acknowledging consumers and favor the energy efficient solutions in their personal lives as well. Below I will be sharing the best energy saving advices given. The advices will come in our employees’ own words. From these best practices you will be able to choose the ones most suitable for your daily life.
Breaking the consumption habits
- We aim to buy only the amount of food that we consume. We visit our local store two times a week making it a good routine and it helps us to know beforehand what we need. We have our ready-made grocery list with us, and we plan our meals ready for following days to avoid any food waste.
- I strive to buy only clothes made from naturally sourced materials. For example, acrylic clothing never leaves the store with me. Synthetic fiber produces substantial amount of microplastic when washed.
- Our baby uses cloth diapers
- My diet consists mostly of vegetarian options, I only seldom eat poultry, red meat or fish
- I strive to consider my consumption habits; I do not get anything I don’t need
- I rotate stuff onward on flea markets, with kids many things come obsolete so fast. I have also gotten my children’s necessary schoolbooks used but in good condition and sold them onward after. No need to buy all things new.
Sustainability in caring for clothes
- I favor the shorter wash programs when washing clothes
- We always only wash full loads in washing machine and in dishwasher and always when possible in lower temperatures
- It’s easy to affect the amounts of laundry. It’s better to use the clothes until they are actually in a need of wash. Sometimes airing the clothing is enough.
- The lifespan of a clothing stretches longer if the amount of washing, detergents and wash temperatures are being considered
Sustainable living and energy consumption habits
- We have closely been focusing attention to the electricity consumption. The biggest energy consumer is our bathroom floor heating. We started to dial the heating down and switch off every time it’s not a necessity and started saving loads on energy
- Home entertainment such as TV and PC don’t always need to be switched on and their lifespan increases if they aren’t always on.
- You can adjust the brightness of the television since most of the light seems to be going on the background lighting anyways
- Only wash dishes by hand when needed. The newer dishwashers especially the eco settings consume only little water and are quite energy efficient
- Home air conditioning could be switched off or onto empty house mode during the days. The maximum level is only needed after sauna etc.
- Turn off all unneeded lights, but also fortunately most of the lights are already 100 led or energy saving pulps
- When acquiring new appliances, the energy efficiency is a good thing to consider. For example, the ceramic stove is far more fire safe and energy efficient than the traditional stove.
- We recycle as much as possible and that significantly reduces the waist
- I set our ground-source heat pump to eco setting. Almost all of them can be set to eco, we have still had enough warm water and haven’t had to sacrifice from our living standards. I warmly recommend doing the same although going through the manual can prove to be a minor inconvenience
- The indoor temperature is approximately 20 degrees when we are home and only 10 degrees when we are away
- I commute on bike; longer trips I take using biogas car or utilizing public transportation
- I save about 1 l/100km by turning off the air conditioner in the car after the humidity goes away
- We prefer nature hikes and walking to near distances. In the best cases it is possible to travel by bike or by walking and have the chance to see some beautiful scenery on the way!
We here at EnerKey carry out our value promises in working life and in our own time as well. It does not mean compromising in your comfort or in the quality of life, but as demonstrated above the exact opposite.
With sustainable changes we make ourselves feel good, consume better and of higher quality, save money and exercise when we favor the sustainable manners of transportation.