Energy has never cost so much. The prices for heating and electricity have risen sharply. However, your landlord is not responsible for this. Unfortunately, we can't change the prices. But we want to help you save energy.


Saving energy in the kitchen


In the fridge, 7 degrees (level 2 or 3) is enough. In the freezer, minus 18 degrees is enough.

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Open the fridge door only briefly.

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Do not put warm food in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Food only packed or with lid in the refrigerator.

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Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator - this saves cooling energy in the refrigerator.


Defrost the refrigerator and freezer from time to time.

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Did you know? 

Only 5 millimetres of ice in the freezer costs a third more electricity!


Heat water in the electric kettle.

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Boil only as much water as you need.


Warm the rolls in the toaster. 

Not in the oven.


Heating with gas or electricity? 


There is a war in Ukraine. That's why Russia is supplying less gas. Many people are therefore now buying electric heaters. But that is not a solution. Because electricity is also very expensive. Besides, if too many people use too much electricity, the power grid can collapse.


It is better to save energy now!


Steam vegetables, potatoes and eggs - with a lid and little water.

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The pot should be as small as possible and fit exactly on the stovetop.

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A pressure cooker can save a lot of energy when you have to cook food for a long time.

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If you heat very little food, the microwave is the most economical.

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Switch off the hob and oven five minutes beforehand. The residual heat is enough.


Bake with convection. Top and bottom heat are more expensive.

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You only need to preheat the oven for a few dishes. Preheating is expensive.

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Do not always set the extractor bonnet to maximum - a lower setting is often sufficient.


Wash fruit and vegetables with cold water. This also preserves the vitamins.

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Do not wash dishes under running water.

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Use the dishwasher if there is one.

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Always fill the dishwasher completely.


Switch on the ECO programme. It takes longer, but saves electricity.

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There is no need to pre-rinse.


Source: German Caritas Association/Federal Association of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies in Germany (EAD)


Saving energy 

in the living room and study


Standby costs electricity. Therefore: Do not just switch off the TV with the remote control, but switch it off completely.


Also switch off or unplug computers and other devices completely.


Use a power strip with a switch to disconnect many appliances from the mains at once.

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Set the unit to "Energy Saving", if possible.

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Switch off the screen even during short breaks.

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Did you know? Apps and programmes stay open when the screen is off.


The brighter the screen, the more energy it needs. Therefore: Do not place the TV and computer near a window or under a lamp. Set the TV and computer to be less bright.

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Do not use a screen saver. It is better to switch off the screen immediately.


Saving energy in the bathroom


The warmer the water, 

the more it costs you.

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Wash hands with cold water.

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Shower instead of bathing.


Do not shower for too long. Do not shower hot, but warm.

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Turn off the shower while soaping.

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Do not leave the water running when shaving or brushing your teeth.


Set the mixing lever to cold when you turn off the water. This applies to bathrooms and kitchens - and especially to instantaneous water heaters.


Only use the washing machine when full.

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Do not wash so hot. 30 degrees is often enough and is gentle on the clothes.

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Switch on the ECO programme. It takes longer, but saves electricity.


Even if you have a dryer: Dry laundry on the line - best outside on the balcony or with the window open, weather permitting.

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Tumble dryers require a lot of electricity.

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Only iron what you really need to iron.

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Unplug the iron a little earlier. The residual heat is enough.


Saving energy 

throughout the home


Replace incandescent lamps and halogen spotlights with LED lamps.

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Put the table and desk by the window. Daylight costs nothing!


Switch off the light when no one is in the room.

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Did you know? Switching on and off often does not damage the lamps.


Turn down the heating.

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The following are considered ideal:


in the living room and children's room approx. 20 degrees 

(rotary valve level 3)


in the bedroom approx. 18 degrees 

(rotary valve level 2 - 3)


at night everywhere approx. 16 degrees 

(rotary valve level 2)

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Close doors.

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Heat each room as required.


Lower the roller shutters at night. Or close the curtains. But be careful! The radiator must remain free.

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Do not open the window if it gets too warm. Better: Turn down the heating and leave the window closed.

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Do not place furniture in front of the heater.

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Do not cover the heater and thermostat with the curtain.


Do not put clothes on the heater.


If you are away for a few days or longer: Turn down to approx. 16 degrees 

(rotary valve level 2).

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Do not turn off the heating completely when you are away. Otherwise the flat will cool down or mould will grow.

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If your heating gurgles, it needs to be bled.


Impact ventilation instead of continuously. This means: ventilate briefly and vigorously.

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3 to 4 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes.

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If possible: cross-ventilate. This means: open windows on two opposite sides.


Do not tilt the window, but open it fully for a short time. Otherwise the room will cool down. That costs a lot of energy.


Before each airing, turn the heating to snowflake.

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Underfloor heating is an exception. They can stay on because their thermostat is not close to the window.

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Did you already know? After airing, set the rotary valves back to the way they were before. The room will not warm up faster if you turn it all the way up. It only costs more.

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Close the door when you are cooking, cleaning or showering. When you have finished: Open the window so that steam and moist air do not remain in the flat.


Do not place furniture too close to the wall. Only at a distance of 5 centimetres does air come into contact with the wall.


A lot of appliances means a lot of consumption. Think about which appliances you really need.

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Regularly descale appliances such as the dishwasher or kettle.

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Did you know? Limescale is like an insulating layer. A coffee machine with limescale needs much more electricity.


Pay attention to the energy efficiency class of new appliances.

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Did you know? A coloured sticker helps you when buying. Dark green means: very economical. This corresponds to class A.

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More precise than the efficiency class is the energy consumption in kilowatt hours per year (kWh/a). This must be as low as possible. This information is also on the label.

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You can also find out which appliances are economical on the Internet, for example at ecotopten.de or spargeraete.de


Links on the topic of saving energy

The Electricity Saving Check

A joint offer of the German Caritas Association (DCV) and the Federal Association of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies in Germany (eaD).


Shower calculator

An offer of the Consumer Advice Centre North Rhine-Westphalia.


Reducing gas consumption

Information from the Consumer Advice Centre North Rhine-Westphalia on how to reduce gas consumption.


Tips from the municipal housing associations of Berlin

on the topics of saving electricity and energy, heating and ventilation.

Electricity and energy saving tips in different languages

including Croatian, English, French, German, Arabic, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.


Weekly energy saving tips 

published by the Bund der Energieverbraucher.


Energy saving tips in simple language

published by the Consumer Advice Centre North Rhine-Westphalia.


Downloads

Titel Faltblatt

Know how:

How to save energy and money

Published by the BBU Association of Berlin-Brandenburg Housing Companies.


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