A newly built home is an ecological choice

It is easy to be environmentally friendly in a newly constructed residential property. Factors that contribute to environmental living include:

  • good insulation
  • energy efficient home appliances
  • waste sorting facilities
  • water conserving appliances and fixtures
  • apartment-specific water meters

Good transport links and diverse local services also make day-to-day life easier and protect the environment. When your home is located close to, or within good transport connections from, the places you visit regularly, you may not even need a car.

A building’s energy class is an indicator of its energy efficiency. An energy efficient apartment reduces the environmental load arising from energy consumption.

Energy efficient living tips and facts

Heating

  • Lowering the room temperature by one degree produces savings of approximately five per cent in heating energy
  • Recommended room temperatures:
    • day rooms 20–22 degrees
    • bedrooms 18–20 degrees
    • Adjust radiators and ventilation systems to reduce heating consumption when spending extended periods away from home

Recycling

  • Instead of a single waste container in your kitchen, use a combination container to facilitate the sorting of biowaste, paper, paperboard, metal, cardboard and plastic
  • Every housing company should have separate collection containers at least for mixed household waste and biowaste
  • Return empty deposit-based bottles and cans to the shop
  • Make sure you take hazardous waste, such as oils, paints, thinners, home appliances and electronic devices to your local recycling service

Lighting

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-saving bulbs
  • Use spot lighting instead of general lighting
  • Switch off the lights when you leave the room

Home appliances

  • The electricity consumption of home electronics in stand-by mode can be reduced by switching them off completely for the night
  • Clean and defrost refrigerators and freezers regularly
    • The recommended temperatures are +5 for refrigerators and -18 for freezers
  • Only wash full loads of laundry and use economy or quick wash programmes whenever possible
    • Use low water temperatures and dry your laundry on a rack or clothesline if possible
  • Have leaks in water and sewage systems fixed without delay
  • Use a power consumption meter to check the electricity consumption of old electrical equipment. Most electricity providers have power consumption meters for their customers to borrow