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Easy tips to keep your energy bill down

You know that every detail at Sama Beirut, from glazing to lighting, to chillers to hot water pre-heat, was designed to help save 30 % in the tower’s energy. And you also know that, thanks to the Smart Home Automation Technologies that are implemented in Sama Beirut’s Apartments, owners will manage the light and temperature in each room very easily.
However, we wanted to share with you some tips to give more control of your energy bill. These are down-to-earth and easy to follow. Check them out, and feel free to share your own tips with us!

1. Wear the right clothes!

Yes we know it sounds obvious; Let’s repeat it though: Dress for the temperature! Layering clothes and wearing wool helps keep you warm in winter, and means you can turn your heater down.

2. Insulate! Shut doors and close curtains

Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in. Keep your curtains closed at night and during the day (especially in Summer).

3. Set your thermostat right

Did you know that every degree above 20 degrees can add 10% to your heating bill? Set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees. In Summer, set your thermostat to 26 degrees (or above if you prefer).

Also, turn heater and coolers off when you don’t need them. It might sound obvious, but still… Do you always do it? Turn heaters and coolers off when you leave a room, or even when you go to bed if the weather permits.

4. Wash clothes using cold water

You might need to wash your laundry with hot water to get rid of specific stains, or to make sure it’s perfectly clean (when you wash your baby’s sheets or underwear for example). However, washing your clothes in cold water can help you save money.

Also, make sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle.

5. Put an end to stand-bye power waste!

Up to 10% of your electricity use could be from gadgets on standby!

Did you know your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached? Up to 10% of your electricity could be used by gadgets and appliances that are on standby.

A standby power controller will automatically reduce standby time and switch appliances off when not in use. You may be eligible for a discounted standby power controller.

6. Don't forget the kitchen…

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive home appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. Also, when you are cooking, use the microwave when you can – it uses much less energy than an electric oven. If you use the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it's full.