To calculate the consumption of electrical appliances in kWh, you have to take into account the capacity and the length of use. As an example, we calculate the annual energy consumption of a radio alarm and a vacuum cleaner.
The numbers or scales on your thermostatic radiator valves do not correspond to a precise temperature but rather to a level of comfort. It's up to you to find the right setting!
The energy used by household appliances is calculated on the basis of their capacity (expressed in watts) and the length or frequency of use. Take a look at the overview of the use per electrical appliance.
A comparative table helps you to find wich low-energy bulb or led can replace the traditional bulb and halogen bulb.
Just take a look at the dial or the indicator lights that show your boiler pressure. If it is too low, you can easily adjust it yourself.
Yes! Used in conjunction with a room thermostat, thermostatic valves will improve the heating throughout your home.
Most of the people prefer an indoor temperature of 21°C. Heating your house while you are away from home, is a complete waste of energy and money.
Go for the colour temperature that best suits your location and its purpose.Warm, cool or neutral light? Just follow our guide.
With the disappearance of incandescent bulbs, you now have the choice between halogen bulbs, fluorescent tubes and LEDs.
When you go away on holiday, it is not always necessary to switch off your central heating boiler. However, if you want to switch it off to save or for safety reasons, then you should take account of the season and the type of boiler.
In general boilers are on all the time, so that you have warm water day and night. With the help of a timer, you decide when the water is to be heated, for instance only at night. This is an economical method on two conditions.
Pellet stoves have several advantages: they are easy to use and efficient, as well as being environmentally-friendly. But they're also very expensive
A combined heat and power (CHP) system generates both electrical power and heat from a single fuel (e.g. natural gas). The system comes with a whole host of benefits. The technology was devised to serve large buildings such as hospitals. Today however, it is also available to be used in single family homes .
From now on the packaging of all light bulbs has to include an energy label. This label gives you information about the energy efficiency, the light output, the power and the lifespan of the bulb.
This is a system that captures sunlight, converts it into heat and uses this to reheat the water in your pipes.
Inspections of gas installations are more than just an obligation, they are guarantees for your safety, the environment and your wallet.
With a home battery, you can store electricity for later use. This is of particular interest to the owners of solar panels.
When the choice of how to heat the water is sound, the expense can change from excessive to very affordable - and very ecological...
Place your fridge and/or freezer in the right place, perform regular maintenance on it and use it properly to reduce your energy bill.
Yes, using a cold roof system. However, this method isn’t recommended, because it may damage your roof in the long term. It’s better to go for external insulation.
Yes, provided that your LEDs are compatible with using a dimmer (or driver) and that your dimmer is also compatible with LEDs!
Changing your windows is not as easy as it might seem. What type of glazing and what type of frame should you choose? The U value, the price and the respective advantages of the various materials can help.
In Belgium, 1.7 million people use fuel oil for heating. In Brussels, 16% of all boilers operate using this type of fuel. Yet the sale of oil-fired boilers is set to be banned from 2035. Fortunately, there are alternatives
100 euros a year! That's how much leaking electricity consumption may represent in your total electricity bill. Without getting anything in return. So the message is: switch it off. Follow our step-by-step plan to successfully defeat stand-by and off-mode power consumers.
To choose a new boiler, you must consider the price but also the type of fuel, the efficiency, the combustion system, the space available and the hot water requirements.
Cogeneration is a system that generates both electricity and heat from a single fuel (natural gas).
To replace your incandescent light bulbs, you can choose between halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs.
A well-insulated building is more comfortable all year round because it stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer. So a building like this is more economical when it comes to heating and air conditioning.
Cooling your home in the middle of a heatwave? It can be done! Fans, misting fans and cooler units will get the temperature down by a few degrees, and at a perfectly affordable price.
New-generation low-energy bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes and LED) have two main advantages compared with conventional light bulbs.
These days, there is such an extensive range of roof insulation materials, it is difficult to make a choice. We will list the different products, their possibilities and insulation values for you.
The advantage of this system is that the electricity used at night and during the weekend and legal holidays, is billed at a lower rate. The rate charged during the day is slightly higher than the ordinary rate and the installation costs are heavier.
The smart meter or intelligent meter is an electronic meter that is capable of recording and transmitting power consumption data. Smart meters will be rolled out in Brussels gradually.
Grants covering up to 50% of the bill have been agreed for three main types of work: audits, insulation, and heat recovery or production.
Yes it is! Combining a condensing boiler and a thermodynamic boiler allows you to harness the 2 most efficient technologies available on the market for your heating and hot water. A win-win solution for your pocket and the environment!
Are you still using bulbs for your lighting? And do you forget to turn off the lighting when you leave a room? Then there is a potential 50% saving in the energy cost for the lighting.
From 2019, the "+" classes of household electrical appliances will disappear from energy labels. The ranking will then go from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient) with stricter requirements.
By adopting good habits and improving your installation, you will use less hot water and relieve your wallet.
The dual hourly rate is based on the principle of two different prices for electricity: during the daytime it is slightly higher than the single rate, while at night as well as during the weekend and public holidays it is lower.
Collect evidence to show that the problem exists. If your owner still refuses to replace or repair the boiler, you should call on the justice of the peace.
Natural insulators are environmentally friendly and efficient, and entitle you to bonus grants in the Brussels region. Having thermal insulation work done on your home is most certainly worthwhile!
Infrared thermal imaging detects energy loss in your home. Discover how it works.
Energy labels inform you how much energy a device consumes, so that you can take this information into account when making a purchase. We teach you how to decipher them!
Nearly Zero Energy (NZE) or ‘Bijna-energieneutraal’ (BEN) is a European Directive imposed on all new buildings by 2021. However, in the Brussels Region, the even stricter passive-house standard will apply from 2015.
To insulate an existing wall, you are looking at 3 major options: external wall insulation, interior wall insulation and cavity wall insulation. Whichever method you choose, the insulation needs to be put in place with the utmost care. Poorly applied insulation may cause mould problems or 'cold bridges’, i.e. points where the insulation barrier is interrupted.
Green roofs have been gaining in popularity in recent years. That’s hardly surprising, considering how many general and ecological advantages they have.
It all depends on the room you want to warm up and your expectations. Find out about the types of extra heaters available on the market and their features.
A central heating stove combines the best of both worlds: the cosiness and heat of a stove or hearth and the hot water production of a central heating boiler. In some cases, the central heating stove can replace your regular boiler.
Three types of low-energy bulbs have replaced incandescent light bulbs. These bulbs are available in various sizes and capacities. Find out what this means as regards the compatibility of the (screw) fittings.
Condensation may appear in overly insulated buildings, inside of which the air does not circulate properly. The solution? Ventilate!
Make sure you let your house breathe by venting it! A few simple actions are enough to prevent your home from filling with moisture and pollutants.
A dual hourly rate meter is used to distinguish between two rates for electricity: a slightly higher rate than the single rate during the daytime and a more advantageous rate than the single rate at night and during the weekend.
The rates you get through collective energy purchasing are not systematically financially more rewarding than those you could get yourself by contacting a supplier directly. However, they are still profitable in certain cases.
Follow our advice for a well-laid-out kitchen that is more efficient, safe and a pleasure to work in, while consuming less energy.
When your boiler is having maintenance performed, the engineer will take some measurements, clean the inside of your boiler and check that it is working properly.
Efficient windows mean better comfort for you and energy savings too. Replacing your windows is therefore a great investment.
The arrival of winter coincides with shorter and colder days. If you want to get through the winter nice and warm without breaking the bank, whilst spending a thought for the environment, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get your home ready for winter.
As from the first days of spring, there are a whole range of simple and easy things you can do that will enable you to save energy and make sure that your heating installation is fully up and running for next winter. Before leaving on your holidays, a quick inspection of your electrical or gas-powered appliances is another must.
In Brussels the roll-out of the smart meter is being organised by Sibelga, the power and gas distribution network operator.
Performance, aesthetics, maintenance and cost should be the main criteria when you choose new window frames and panes.
Review your energy contracts, get a free energy audit, insulate, replace your boiler or install photovoltaic panels. There are a whole host of solutions for saving energy in a co-owned property!
In 2018, energy grants in Brussels are available for actions related to energy audits and studies, insulation and heating.