Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Best temperature to set my aircon during the Israel summer.  12 tips for saving electricity.

Hebrew: עצות לחסוך בחשמל בקיץ

save electricity in IsraelThese tips are designed to help you choose effective ways to reduce your energy bills. Depending on your local climate  (Jerusalem vs. Eilat etc.), the age of your home, past improvements you've made and appliances you use will affect your electricity bill.

Whether you spend 3,500 shekels/year or 10,000 shekels/year on electricity,  you can lower your energy bills and do your bit towards saving the environment as well. 

12 smart tips

  1. Install a sun boiler and solar panel.  While the initial outlay may seem like a lot, you can rely on our Israeli sunshine to provide you with hot water for about 8-9 months a year.
  2. Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove. We are not suggesting you nuke all your food but use it for quick heating.  Using your oven in the summer, heats up the kitchen.  In open-plan homes, this means the heat will make its way into the living room - not a good thing in the summer.
  3. Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Instead of using the drying cycle, let dishes air-dry to save even more!
  4. An empty fridge warms up faster when the door is open.  Don't leave the fridge door open for long periods of time.
  5. We all work hard and long hours in Israel, so while using your clothes dryer is an appealing time-saving option, you can save hundreds on your electricity bill by hanging your laundry on the line in summer.
  6. Summer or winter, if you do use your dryer, run full loads and make sure you clean the lint trap after each use.
  7. Peak household electricity consumption, in Israel, is  from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  If possible run your washing machine and dryers after 9 p.m.
  8. Only run your dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
  9. Dirty air-conditioner filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Check and replace your filters regularly.
  10. Install a ceiling fan, enjoy the breeze and use your air-conditioner less.
  11. When necessary, and if possible, replace old appliances with energy efficient new ones.
  12. Check that doors and windows are properly sealed so that when you are cooling (or heating) your home, the air does not escape.  

Don't waste!

  • Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use and save around 2 percent.
  • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use.
  • Turn computers and printers off when not in use.  

Safety first

  • Make sure your electrical system is properly wired and earthed.  
  • Call only a licensed electrician for electrical repairs and maintenance.   

So what is the best temperature to set my aircon during summer?

The best temperature setting when you're at home? The simple answer - to stay comfortable and be energy efficient it's recommended to set your air-conditioner to between 24-26ºC when you are home.

Learn New Hebrew Words & Phrases

Hebrew, English & Transliterations

 

English Transliteration Hebrew
Electrical appliances Machshirei hashmal מכשירי חשמל
Electrician Hashmala'i חשמלאי
Electricity Hashmal חשמל
Electricity bill Heshbon hashmal חשבון החשמל
Electricity consumption Tzrichat hashmal צריכת חשמל
Heat (inf.) Lechamem לחמם
Pay the electricity bill Shalem et heshbon ha'hashmal שלם את חשבון החשמל
Power failure Hafsakat hashmal הפסקת חשמל
Save (inf.) Lachsoch לחסוח
Summer Kayitz קיץ
Solar boiler Dud shemesh דוד שמש
Technician Techna'i תכנאי
Winter Horef חורף

 

Translated Electricity and Other Household Bills

Electricity Discounts - are you entitled?

Translation: Automated answering machine - Electric Company

Learn Hebrew: Electrical appliances

 

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