Give your holiday home an energy check

Spring is just around the corner, and for many Danes this means reopening their summer homes and the start of a new summer holiday season.

However, a lot has happened in the electricity market since we last reopened summer houses in Denmark. Prices have skyrocketed and this has had an impact on household electricity bills.

Give your holiday home an energy check

Date 02.03.22

Give your holiday home an energy check

Spring is just around the corner, and for many Danes this means reopening their summer homes and the start of a new summer holiday season.

However, a lot has happened in the electricity market since we last reopened the summer houses in Denmark. Prices have been skyrocketing and this has been felt on the electricity bill at home.

So before you and your family put the electricity meter to work in the summer house, you might want to give the house an updated energy check. Especially as we are taking our entire domestic energy consumption into the cottage more than previous generations.

Increasing awareness of energy consumption, as well as smaller actions and replacements, could actually have an immediate positive impact on both electricity bills and the climate. Keep the following in mind as you head to the summer wonderland to reopen your holiday home.

 

Replace outdated and energy-intensive electrical appliances

In some cases, our summer houses become dumping grounds for the home's redundant electrical appliances and old white goods, which may have long served their time. Just replacing an old fridge with a new energy-saving A+++ fridge can save up to €550 a year(1). Of course, if you also choose to replace the cooker and other outdated electrical appliances, the savings will be even greater.

Read more: What is renewable energy?

 

Consider a heat pump as a new heat source

If you still heat your summer house with an old CO2-emitting wood-burning stove or with outdated electric radiators, there are long-term economic and climate benefits to be gained by switching to a heat pump. You can cut up to 20 percent(2) off your summer house electricity bill by switching from electric radiators to air-to-air or air-to-water heat pumps. And you can still actually apply for the craftsman's tax credit in the energy-saving replacement of your holiday home's heating source. By the way, the deduction also applies to energy-saving measures in your own home.

 

Oinsulation or retrofitting of the cottage

Most older Danish summer houses are often very sparsely insulated, if they are insulated at all. This means that the cottage is simply incredibly bad at keeping the heat in. And if you already heat with expensive and energy-intensive electric radiators, heating is a huge cost for both the economy and the climate. Re-insulating your holiday home will therefore have an immediate positive effect on your electricity bill - even without switching to a heat pump.

 

Repair leaking windows and doors

Most people will be surprised at the energy loss caused by a single leaky door or window. In fact, in a typical home, it is estimated that leaky windows and doors are responsible for up to 33%(3) of the home's heat being lost. You can usually replace the old window with an energy-efficient one if the sash and frame are still reasonably intact. Both this energy-saving renovation and the aforementioned insulation work are also covered by the craftsman's deduction.

 

Turn off the standby devices that are draining power

Standby devices are some of the home's most neglected strays. And as we increasingly drag all our electronic and digital devices to the summer wonderland, or even buy permanent devices to use at the cottage, these secret power guzzlers will also be a major and overlooked climate culprit and money sucker in the cottage. So make sure you switch off all standby units completely for the night when you go on longer trips to the summer wonderland, and especially before you go home again. It's also a good idea to switch off the electricity in the holiday home if possible.

All of the above, or just a few, can lead to instant energy savings that benefit both your economy and our climate. It already pays off in the short run, but especially in the long run.

Remember that the Watt app can accommodate more households than just your home address. If you have a holiday home, you can also link it to the app to get direct access to your holiday home's energy consumption. This can raise awareness of consumption and can help you shift some power consumption from the expensive peak power hours during the day to the cheaper power hours when power is generated from more renewable energy.

And the Watt app can also be used as a handy little tool to check that you've turned everything off at the cottage before you head home. All it takes is a click on your phone.

 

 

(1 ) https://www.bolius.dk/find-stroemslugerne-i-dit-hjem-672

(2 ) https://sparenergi.dk/forbruger/vaerktoejer/casebank/skift-fra-elvarme-til-varmepumpe

(3 ) https://www.bolius.dk/energiforbedring-af-vinduer-16513

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