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This is what we do at home to save on electricity and heating bills

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In these times of widespread inflation and prices of essentials such as electricity and gas on a dangerous roller coaster for our pockets, it seems more important than ever to implement good practices to save on heating and also on the electricity bill. At Xataka Home we are specialized in saving and energy efficiency, which is why in addition to covering the latest in home automation and energy, we also implement tricks to save in our own home. That is what we do at home to save on electricity and heating bills.

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“The use of household appliances with an efficiency class A or higher It may be one of the best recommendations when it comes to wanting to save on your electricity bill. And it is that in case you have to change the refrigerator, for example, tending towards a better efficiency index will allow you to save a good pinch on your bill.

Though the most efficient appliances are often the most expensive, throughout its useful life it is a price that we can amortize because they will consume less than other less efficient ones, and therefore, they will subtract a small percentage from your bill each month. That is why, if you can afford it, buy more efficient appliances according to the new energy efficiency labeling.

The refrigerator is almost always the device that consumes the most in a home. And it is that it is an appliance that is on practically all the time. That is why it represents a significant expense on the electricity bill. However, there are methods to reduce its consumption.

In addition to the eco mode that your refrigerator can incorporate, regulating your temperature can be an important step when it comes to reducing your consumption, and therefore, saving on the electricity bill. That is why, depending on the amount of food and drinks there is, it is advisable to regulate its temperature between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius. In this way, you will also avoid the frost that can accumulate.”

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“Try not to be cold at home and also do it without having to use heating or stoves to save on the electricity billIt is something that almost all of us put into practice on a day-to-day basis, especially due to the prices at which energy is available. In my case or that of my family, there are some things that we do that help to have a warmer environment at home. They are not revolutionary, but they are quite effective.

The first thing is that in winter we have blankets and sacks of grain all over the house. The blankets needless to say what they can be used for. Watching a movie on the sofa without getting cold or, as in my case, I work from home, having a blanket on my lap is always appreciated. Also, so that my hands don’t get cold, we have bags of grain and bags of water.

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The second are thermal seed bags that are heated in the microwave (also in the freezer to cool down in summer) and that can be placed as a foot, hand or bed warmer. Same with hot water bottles, which we sometimes use to place on our feet before going to bed or while on the couch.

It is above all about avoiding the use of any heating system and another of the methods that we usually use at home when winter arrives is use rugs and cover as much surface area as possible.

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My parents, for example, use it to accommodate the room where my nephews play so they don’t get cold while they’re on the floor. Cushions are also good allies, although that entails having carpets and floors clean as a whistle.”

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“In our case, what we do the most is look at the price of electricity every day to see cheaper hours. The trick that has worked best for me has been to redirect the use of electrical appliances that spend the most energy to the hours with the lowest price on the electricity bill, information that we consult daily following this tutorial.

For example, we usually do the laundry on weekends or at 2:00 p.m., periods when the price of electricity is lower, in ECO mode at a temperature of 50 degrees and with the spin cycle at 600 rpm. We put the dishwasher in the early morning or when the light is cheaper and we alternate the heating system (electric or stove) depending on the daily price that the light marks us.”

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Cesar Muela

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“Although there is central heating in my building, I live mainly in my office and in the living room, so I try to Optimize as much as possible so that the heat is well maintained in both rooms.

How? Closing the doors of the rooms I’m not in, so the heat is distributed only where it interests me (which is where I am). It seems silly but both blinds and curtains are important in winter.

I raise the blinds to the fullest in the sunniest hours (in the case of my living room, in the morning until 1:00 p.m. or so) and I also open the curtains to let in as much light and heat as possible. When the sun goes down, the movement is the opposite: close the curtains and lower the blinds.

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With the theme of light, what I observe the most is not have things plugged in that I don’t use to avoid phantom consumption. For example, the razor, once it is already charged, I disconnect it. Or the heater at night. They are the typical things that perhaps individually do not add up much, but when there are several they end up noticing.

and then too not turn on more lights than I need. For example, on cloudy days I need extra light for cooking. Instead of turning on the ceiling lights, I make do with the extractor hood light, which consumes less than the two ceiling lights I have in the kitchen. Or in the bathroom I use a motion sensor light (there are a few if you search on Amazon) in case I wake up at night: my sleepy eyes thank you, and so does my bill.”

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Antonio Saban

“Together with everything my colleagues have said, I would add that at home we have a small fireplace that heats both a room and the living room, both in the lower part. The problem is that the hot air ends up escaping down the stairs.

Our solution for those days when we turn it on? Use ceiling fan winter modewhich keeps the hot air in the lower part of the room, so that it reaches us in excess when we are sitting on the sofa

At night, whether we are in the room watching the projector, or watching TV on the sofa, we tend to fall asleep with everything on. Therefore, when we sit relaxed, we always put timers of one or two hours so that the TV or the projector turn off and do not consume while we do not use them.

It may not seem like much, but we have come to leave the projector on all night, and that not only implies much more energy consumption, but less service life.”

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LG’s technology that mixed plasma and LED

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From 1997 to a good part of the first decade of the 2000s, plasma televisions conquered the high end for a long time. It was the most coveted technology when the user wanted to opt for a panel with the best image quality during that time. However, as we already mentioned in our article about these televisions, the LCD was little by little eating the toastsince its technology was evolving by leaps and bounds.

One of the most noticeable advantages of the LCD was also its lower electrical consumption, thus generating less heat and increasing its useful life. LG wanted to continue betting heavily on plasma televisions, although the manufacturer had to solve the problem of consumption and other aspects if they did not want to abandon the technology. This is how PLED panels were born in 2012.

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PLED comes from the acronym in English Pixel Light Emitting Display. According to the company, this technology brought the best of plasma and the best of LED televisionscombining both Technologys to try to offer a higher image quality, also drastically reducing power consumption at LCD panel values ​​at the time.


When used, a PLED panel is like a vitaminized plasma panel. That is why it is good to remember how plasma panels work to explain their differences. And it is that the screen of a plasma television is formed by two layers of glass between which there are small cells with Xenon and Neon gas which, when excited by an electrical impulse, become plasma, causing the internal phosphor coating of the cell to glow.

What the PLED panel does compared to the plasma is reduce those cells, making each subpixel in a separate cell. This causes the gases to be at a much higher concentration. The cells also contain a denser layer of phosphor.

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This concentration means that much less electrical energy is needed to generate the plasma inside each cell. In this way the first advantages of PLED: Its electrical consumption is less than that of conventional plasma and is quite close to what LCD televisions consume.

By consuming less, it also generates less heat and its wear is less. Put at maximum power, a plasma television lasts around 50,000 hours before it starts to degrade. This figure is usually prorated with respect to what would be normal domestic consumption. The resulting figure is about 100,000 hours, which is the figure we all know.

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In the case of pledthe highest concentration of Xenon and phosphor increases its useful life up to 80,000 hours of extreme use (as in an airport panel, for example) or 160,000 in a home.

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Another of the advantages that PLED continues to maintain from plasma televisions are its self-emissive LEDs. In this way, each pixel can be turned on and off without being subjected to backlighting from a panel of LEDs on the back of the TV. This technology is similar to OLED, although they are not organic LED diodes.

This advantage makes PLED and plasma have better contrast than an LED panel. However, PLED also has an advantage over plasma: its screen is completely matte, reducing the reflection that can be generated by any point of light in the environment. And it is that by the very nature of plasma panels, its glass must always be bright. Sometimes this glare was reduced with anti-reflective coatings, but this diminished the glare emanating from the panel.

PLED also shares the advantages of LED panels

Although we are clear that PLED is like a kind of ‘super plasma’, this technology also includes characteristics of LED televisions, such as electronic image processing, this being the same as that of an LED panel. This eliminates the ‘motion blur’ sensation of plasma TVs in high-speed images, since like LED technology, PLEDs also have three image processors that interleave frames.

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Despite the reduction in consumption, PLED screens continued to consume slightly more than LCD panels. In addition, they share the same problem as plasma screens: the ‘burn’ effect when playing still images for a long time.

The OLED was peeking around the corner

Although it was a great advance over plasma panels, the technology did not fully catch on. In addition, they were presented in a context in which the OLED was taking more and more shape (although they were still very expensive to produce) and LCD-LED panels were much cheaper to produce. In addition, with these Technologys the use of elements such as phosphorus and gases was completely eliminated, depending more and more on electronic and digital processing.

In fact, if you asked LG at the time what panels were going to be the future, the company was quick to respond with OLED. And indeed, today it is the technology in which LG has bet the most in recent years.

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tricks, tips, direct streaming and furniture purchases from TV

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A couple of years ago Movistar decided to include in its Movistar Plus+ on-demand television platform a series of applications called Living Apps, which allow enjoy different services and content.

They’re available without having to download them from any application store and accessible directly from the decoder menu as long as we have a UHD or UHD Smart WiFi model.

Now the operator has decided expand your collection of Living Apps with a new one focused on decoration and style in the home, for which it has opted for IKEA as a specialist in this type of task.

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The app is already available in Movistar Plus+ and according to those responsible, it is designed to “inspire you with the best accessories and decoration fashions for this new season”

To do this, once we have accessed by first going to the main menucoming into “Apps” and subsequently looking for the “IKEA”we will be shown content related to furniture and decoration with interior design trends, tricks to give old furniture another life and varied content to prepare the home for the changes of season.

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Although for the moment the contents are not very abundant, presumably they will add more over time, there will be Live videos with brand professionalsa chat where you can ask questions and you can even buy different products directly from the decoder by scanning a QR code on the mobile.

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For example, within the IKEA Living App there are sections like “Always Something New” where it is possible to know the new products of the manufacturer for this new season, “IKEA Wellness”a space that they say is designed to enhance comfort at home and “Homes with Psychology”seven episodes dedicated to specific rooms in the house.

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There are also other sections for DIY lovers such as “Decorating Ideas and Advice”, Ready in a Pis Pas”with tips for organizing the environment or “Easy Tricks” to get the most out of the rooms.

In addition, through the section “IKEA Live”it is possible to access their shopping events broadcast live in streaming starring interior designers in their establishments that will also be available later to see them deferred whenever we want.

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so you can configure this useful help

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Although our star use is to set timers, music or ask for the time and time, you can ask Alexa for many more things, some as useful as serving as a guardian in your day-to-day life: perhaps if you have left a tap running, if it the washing machine or dishwasher has finished. If you did not know or are not very sure how to make Alexa act on beeps or water, keep reading.

A little over a year ago, Amazon added a series of most useful improvements and functionalities for the home: the audible and in-person detection capabilities. Specifically, we refer to this pair of algorithms:

  • Water Running or running water detection. Thus, by listening to the environment, it is able to find out if there is water running around the equipment, for example because we have left a tap open or because there is a leak.
  • Appliance Beeping Detection. In this case, it refers to the ability of the assistant to listen to the different beeps produced by your electrical appliances when they finish their functions, thus allowing us to act accordingly.

What happens at that moment? If you have developed the corresponding routine, you will receive a message on your mobile. In the first case, it is also possible to program a notice that warns that we are spending more water than normal brushing our teeth, for example. The second is especially useful with household appliances that do not have to be smart, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators. So, if you leave the fridge open, Alexa will tell you goat.

How to configure these functions

To benefit from these functions it is necessary to go to the section of the Alexa routines from the application. There you can configure the routine you want so that Alexa executes automatic actions for daily milestones, for example, that the washing machine program has finished.

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In the Amazon Alexa application, tap on Further, which you will find in the lower right corner. There select routines and click on the “+” in the upper right corner to create a new Routine.

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There are four steps. The first is to name it. After in “When” Choose “sound detection“. Within that option you will see both options beyond the beep or the water such as snoring, crying baby, coughing or barking dog that can give you new ideas, for example a lullaby sounds when your little one cries. Then choose which device and in what time range. Finally you will have to add the action you want. So, if you want it to reach your mobile, choose “Notification” (yes, you will have to have the notifications of said application activated). However, in “alexa says” You could also choose what the Amazon voice assistant’s response would be by simply typing it in “Custom”.

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