Energy-saving tips

There is no need for you to reduce your energy consumption to save energy costs. Just by switching to a more inexpensive provider, you will immediately start saving a lot of money. What do you need to take into account before choosing a provider? To make an informed decision, it is important for you to be aware of different discount options and pricing models.

Especially during cold winter months, this is a common scenario: the heating is at full throttle and the use of power or gas increases dramatically. However, as summers get increasingly hot, we also use a lot of energy to cool our homes with fans or air conditioning units. Independently of the season, it makes sense to save energy and ultimately money. Below please find the best energy-saving tips for your home.

  1. Reduce your heating costs: home heating accounts for the highest energy consumption. More than 80% of the overall required energy goes to heating rooms and water. Therefore, you should make sure to keep the room temperature at a constant level. In the winter, the ideal temperature is 21° C. You can save a lot of money by opening windows all the way for short periods of time instead of keeping them slightly open for an extended period of time. If windows are left slightly open, it takes longer for a room to get warm.
  2. Lighting: lighting also requires energy. LED lamps are true energy-savers! If you change your light bulbs or halogen lamps for LED lamps, you will be saving between 50 and 90 percent of energy.
  3. Adjust the temperature of your fridge: the fridge is one of the main household appliances that are on 24/7. In most cases, the temperature does not need to be very cold, 7°C is enough. Just turn up the temperature by 1°C to save a lot of money.
  4. Washers can save energy: almost all washers have an energy-saving or eco-friendly cycle. In addition, modern washers do not require pre-washing or high-temperature washing. The standard temperature for your washer should be 40°C. By doing your laundry at a lower temperature, you will be saving substantial amounts of energy. Also, make sure you always have full loads for maximum efficiency.
  5. Let's talk about your dryer: dryers need more energy than other household appliances. Drying your laundry on a drying rack in a money-saving and eco-friendly alternative. If you cannot do without a dryer, make sure you purchase one that is energy efficient. It also helps to set your washer’s spinning cycle to 1,400 rotations per minute so that the laundry will come out less wet and will require less drying.
  6. Be smart about your dishwasher: ideally, your dishwasher should be fully loaded before you run it. As with your washer, a short cycle at 30°C is usually all you need and you will be using less energy.
  7. Use a water kettle: this scenario probably sounds familiar: you just want to prepare a quick meal of pasta, but it takes ages for the water to boil. The fastest and most energy efficient way is to use your water kettle. Water will boil faster and the process requires substantially less energy.
  8. Use a lid for cooking: if you use a lid for your pots and pans when cooking, you will be saving energy because the stove does not need to turned up as high as without a lid.
  9. Unplug your chargers: everybody is using more and more electronic devices. Even if a charger is not used, it requires about 0.3 watts of energy when plugged in. We recommend unplugging any chargers that are not in use or turning off the power switch on your power strip. 
  10. Avoid the stand-by mode: as a rule of thumb, you should avoid the stand-by mode for all your electronic appliances because they will still remain active and ultimately use energy.
    Source: German Federal Energy Agency (https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/381/publikationen/energiesparen-im-haushalt.pdf)
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Discount overview

Discounts for new clients

New clients are those who sign an agreement with a provider to become clients without having used the provider's services before.
 
Unconditional discounts
Unconditional discounts are discounts to which all clients are entitled.
 
Conditional discounts
Any condition on the rate or discount itself is immediately considered a conditional discount. Among others, this includes discounts that are tied to certain payment conditions and loyalty discounts granted for specific contractual periods.
 
Pricing model overview
Rates with automatic rate adjustment (float rates)
In this pricing model, the rate is automatically adapted in predefined intervals, e.g., monthly or quarterly, using a formula specified by the provider. This formula relies on a price index defined by the provider.
 
Rates with price guarantee
In this case, the provider guarantees that the offered price will be valid for a predefined period of time, at a predefined time or for a predefined timespan after the contract was signed.
 
Rates without price guarantee
This is a pricing model that has been used for decades and that most Austrian clients use. In this case, the energy rate indicated on the provider's updated rate schedule applies.