According to the latest figures supplied by ENEL (Italian Ente
Nazionale per l'Energia Elettrica), after Sweden, the United States and Japan and
before France, the region of Italy with the greatest consumption of electrical energy
is the Valle d'Aosta. Indeed, it appears that every year, each inhabitant of the
Valle d'Aosta uses 6,893 kWh, approximately 60% more than the national average which
is about 4,730 kWh/year.
According to estimates of the Ecology Authority of this region, it is possible in
theory to effect an average savings of somewhere between 20% and 25% of the total
in the home alone, thus obtaining a greater energy availability equal to that produced
by a power station supplying 25.30 GWh/ year. It is obvious that this consumption,
for the consumer, means an expense of some importance on the family budget.
What can one do to make the electric bill lighter. There are three important possible
areas of intervention in our homes to pay less and, at the same time, maintain an
adequate level of comfort: lighting, electrical water-heater and home appliances.
There are also other elements which can considerably influence consumptions, such
as electric stoves and air-conditioning units.
Though less frequently used, they however deserve special attention.
Here is some advice on how to save on electric lights. The incandescent light bulbs
we all normally have in the house are not an example of efficiency. In order to consume
up to five times less electricity in the areas where artificial lighting is most
often used, we can replace them with compact, high-efficiency fluorescent light bulbs,
possibly electronically supplied.
Their cost, greater than that of incandescent bulbs, is recovered in the first 4,000
hours of use. Considering they have a life span of about 10,000 hours, compared with
the 1,000 hours of filament bulbs, the savings is evident. Their quality in recent
years has considerably improved and it is possible to choose tones and hues of light
for every environment.