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Saving energy at home, even in summer: ‘Pay attention and be creative’

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Even in this so far beautiful and warm summer, the Dutch continue to look for ways to save on their energy consumption. Both energy suppliers and Milieu Centraal, the organization that provides tips on energy use, see this. With 2 million visitors, interest in the Milieu Centraal website has doubled compared to the same period last year.

“In the winter, people were already looking for energy-saving tips. It is striking that this has increased further since March and that this trend is still continuing. Tips are now also being sought during the summer holiday period, so even when it is warm outside,” says Marlon Mintjes. , spokesperson at Milieu Centraal.

Holiday period

According to Mintjes, this is not about people who have trouble making ends meet. “With current energy prices, people from all walks of life are looking at their type of energy contract and how they can reduce consumption through their behavior.”

Energy suppliers signal a continuous stream of questions about energy saving. “The number of questions about energy costs remains high. This usually decreased after peak times,” says an Essent spokesperson. “We get calls from people who are concerned about whether they can pay their bills.”

At Vattenfall, too, the number of people requesting advice for the installment amount online has doubled compared to last year. The number of times that people check how much energy can still be used within the energy advance has also increased sharply. “People want to know, am I still okay?”, a spokesperson explains the increase. “And that is sensible. The expectation is that energy prices will remain high for the time being.”

Data analyst Ron Laan saw from the data from his energy supplier that he could save a lot of energy:

Saving energy based on data ‘doesn’t have to be complicated’

Marc Dorst (29) is one of the people who are consciously engaged in energy use. “I’m into arranging and making Excel sheets for all major expenses anyway”, but since a few months the increased prices have also played a role in his energy tactics. Because although he says he is lucky enough to live in a well-insulated new-build house, the costs for district heating are adding up considerably.

To get an overview, Dorst and his wife use a website of the company behind the heat network and an electricity consumption app. “We don’t close the sun blinds on our conservatory so that the glass automatically warms up the living room when it’s a bit cold. That way we play a bit more with the ‘natural’ conditions. It’s a matter of paying attention and being a bit more creative.”

Grip on energy

Smart measuring equipment can help to gain insight into energy consumption. Stef Mesman of HomeWizard sees that consumer interest in this equipment has grown. The company sells, among other things, meters that allow people to gain insight into their gas and electricity consumption via their WiFi connection and smart meter. “Our rule of thumb is: every 1 watt you can save by turning off, saves 3.5 euros per year.”

There are also intermediate switches for sale that automatically switch off devices at night or during holidays. “These products in particular are also popular,” Mesman says. “We’ve really seen a run on that in the last two months. While a few years ago this was still something for the early adopterthis is increasingly becoming something of the average Dutch person.”

On the basis of the commands that users set, Mesman sees that people use devices more consciously. “For example, by not leaving the TV on standby and pulling the plugs from the socket during the holiday and disconnecting the kitchen boiler before leaving.”

Doubling the use of energy app

Energy suppliers Eneco and Vattenfall report that the number of people viewing their energy consumption via the app has increased by almost half compared to the same period a year ago.

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