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Energie savings

Energy saving tips

Heating and hot water

are together the largest cost item on your energy bill, about 60%. You can therefore save the most on heating and hot water.


The 5 most important energy saving tips:

  • Set your heating to a maximum of 19 degrees, if this is possible in connection with health, higher if necessary;
  • Shower for a maximum of 5 minutes;
  • Only heat the rooms where you are;
  • Are you going to sleep? Set the heating to 15-16 degrees, or 18 degrees if you have underfloor heating;
  • Not at home? Set the heating to 15-16 degrees, or 18 degrees if you have underfloor heating.

Electricity is a smaller cost item, but still about 37% of your energy bill. You can also save on cooking: every little bit helps. Follow the steps below and choose the saving tips that suit you best.


Smart heating

The biggest expense on your energy bill is heating. On average, heating accounts for almost half of all energy costs (46%). By smart heating you can save a lot on your energy bill.

  1. Set the heating to a maximum of 19 degrees. Put on a warm sweater before you turn up the heating. And keep your feet warm.
  2. Only heat the room where you are. Keep doors and windows closed.
  3. Ventilation always, even when the heating is on. Ventilate your bedroom when you sleep.
  4. Close the curtains when it gets dark. Open them when it's light.
  5. Do not place furniture in front of the heating. Let the heat flow.
  6. Set the heating to 15-16 degrees one hour before you go to sleep or leave home, or 18 degrees if you have underfloor heating.
  7. Don't heat your bedroom.
  8. Long gone? Set your heating to 15 degrees or 18 degrees if you have underfloor heating.



  • Apply radiator foil
  • Insert a letterbox brush
  • Place a clock thermostat and program it to your rhythm of life
  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket in the bedroom


Smart use of hot water

The use of hot water also costs a lot of money, especially showering and bathing. You can save a lot by using less hot water.

  1. Shower less often and short2.
  2. Don't let the faucet run
  3. Set the boiler economically. Look in the instruction booklet for an explanation or ask for help.
  4. Set the water heater to 65 degrees. Never set the boiler lower than 60 degrees because of the deadly legionella bacteria.



  • Install a water-saving shower head and use a shower timer
  • Install flow restrictors in your faucet heads


Use electricity smartly

Large electrical appliances that are always on or on for a long time, such as the refrigerator, washing machine or TV, use a lot of energy. By using your fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer wisely, you can save energy and money. And also check whether you have any energy guzzlers in your home, such as an LCD or plasma television or an electric heater.

  1. Use the eco mode of the dishwasher and washing machine and wash at a low temperature
  2. Wash less often and with a full machine
  3. Dry on the clothesline (instead of in the dryer), preferably outside
  4. Defrost your freezer and refrigerator from time to time
  5. Replace your old fridge and freezer
  6. Pay attention to appliances that slurp electricity: electric water heater, pond pump, tropical aquarium, electric heater, water bed, home tap/beer tender, airfryer, air conditioner, large TV screen, especially LCD and plasma
  7. Really turn off old appliances
  8. Get rid of or turn off your second refrigerator
  9. Don't leave lights on in places you aren't.


  • Replace appliances if they are broken (and beyond repair) with an appliance with a green label (A), except for the refrigerator and freezer:
  • Replace refrigerator and freezer when they are 10 years old for a refrigerator/freezer with an energy-efficient label (A or B)
  • Replace incandescent, halogen and energy saving lamps with LED lighting
  • Connect devices to a power strip with a switch, so that you can switch them off in 1x, or use a standby killer


Smart cooking

Whether you cook and bake on gas or electricity, both use energy. You can save energy with a few tricks.

  1. Use the right burner: A small burner under a small pan, a large burner under a large pan.
  2. Cook with the lid on the pan
  3. Heating air takes a lot of energy
  4. Do not preheat the oven longer than necessary.
  5. Heating water takes a lot of energy. Do not boil more water than necessary.



Saving energy can be done in different ways            

Really turn off devices

By really turning off equipment (such as television or microwave) if this is possible, you can save a lot of unnecessary energy costs.  Savings   up to    € 60.00 per year  


Boiler at 60°C  

Do you have a boiler that keeps a supply of water warm? Then set it to 60°C. Lower than 60°C is not wise because of Legionella and the risk of bacterial growth.

Savings up to € 60.00 per year    


Second fridge gone

Do you have a second refrigerator? Then put it out the door and save on your annual energy bill.

Savings  up to  € 50.00 per year  


Less laundry in the dryer

Hang half of the laundry that normally ends up in the dryer on a line. Better for the environment and it  also saves money

Savings  up to € 50.00 per year    


Take a shorter shower

How long are you in the shower? Get used to showering one minute less,  which can save you a considerable amount on your energy bill.

Savings up to  € 25.00 per year  


Boil just enough water

Do you make water for tea or boil water for pasta or potatoes? Make sure that you do not heat more water than is necessary.  You can save money through efficiency.

Savings  up to   € 20.00 per year  


Wash clothes at 40°C

Did you know that the laundry gets just as clean if you set the washing machine at 40°C instead of 60°C? This way you save energy.

Savings  up to   € 20.00 per year  


Dishwasher on Eco program

Use the dishwasher's Eco program and don't run it until it's full. The dishes are just as clean and you save on energy costs.

Savings  up to  € 25.00 per year  


Lights off!

Turn off the lights in areas where no one is. For rooms where you often go in and out, a light or motion sensor can offer a solution. A timer can also help.

Savings  up to   € 10.00 per year  



Lower heating costs


Close the door!

Close connecting doors and only heat the room where you are. With a door closer, doors close automatically.

Savings  up to  € 240.00 per year  


Not at home? Thermostat at 15°C

Set the thermostat to 15°C if you go out during the day.

Savings  up to € 140.00 per year  


Thermostat at night at 15°C

Set your thermostat to 15°C at night. Do you have underfloor heating? Set your thermostat to 17°C or 18°C, otherwise it will take too long to heat up.

Savings  of up to   € 80.00 per year.  


Thermostat one degree lower

When you are at home, set your thermostat one degree lower than you are used to. When you're at it, 19°C is often warm enough. Savings   up to € 80.00 per year  


Don't heat your bedroom

Do not heat your bedroom. If necessary, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket.

Savings  up to   € 80.00 per year  


Thermostat earlier lower

Set the thermostat to 15°C an hour before you go to sleep.

Savings   up to € 20.00 per year  


Release the radiator

Make sure your curtains don't hang over the heater. Built-in radiators also give off less heat.

Savings   up to   € 20.00 per year  



Small investments


Seams and cracks

By sealing seams and cracks in a drafty house, you get a more comfortable house and the thermostat can be lower instead of higher.

Savings  up to   € 50.00 per year  


Water Saving Shower Head

80 percent of hot water is used while showering. A water-saving shower head saves 20 percent on your water and energy consumption.

Savings  up to   € 50.00 per year  


Freezer with energy label A+++

Refrigerators and freezers consume a lot of electricity. New models are a lot more energy efficient. Therefore, replace your old one with a new one with Energy Label A+++.

Savings  up to   €40.00 per year  


Energy-efficient lamps

Do you have any light bulbs at home? Then replace them with energy-efficient LED and energy-saving lamps. Start in those places where the lamp burns the most hours.

Savings  up to  € 30.00 per year  


Radiator foil

Is a radiator hanging on an outside wall that is not insulated? Then place radiator foil

behind the radiator. This way less heat escapes to the outside.

Savings  up to   € 25.00 per year  


Economical TV

LED LCD televisions are the most energy efficient.

LCD and plasma televisions are less energy efficient. Smaller screens use less power.

Savings  up to   € 25.00 per year  


The above energy-saving   measures are fairly easy to take yourself.

In addition, there are also the larger investments that the housing association can make.

HR++ glass, roof insulation, cavity wall insulation, floor insulation are the most commonly used insulating measures. The savings of these 4 measures together quickly yield approximately € 900.00 per year.


It is important to realize that the above saving tips are based on averages. An average home (type of terraced house), an average household (of 2.2 people) and an average consumption of appliances. The chance that you are exactly average is very small. Personal circumstances, such as the size of the house and household and the way you use appliances, have a lot of influence. These tips are intended to get you started and the possible savings are an indication based on the above averages.


Source: Woonbond