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Home Energy Saving Tips. Electricity is probably the highest bill you are going to have in Panama. Due to the tropical climate, it is almost impossible to live without a fan or air conditioner, unless you live in one of the mountain towns where the temperature is always cool.
One of the electricity companies, Gas Natural Fenosa, recommends that you clean your light bulbs, because the dust can diminish the brightness. It is also advisable to use the energy saving ones and paint your home a light color to improve illumination.
Another trick is not to use fans and air conditioners at the same, and make sure that all doors and windows are closed when they are being utilized. Also heat control window film will help keep your home and office cooler as well as decreasing glare. There are several companies in the country that can install the film for you at a reasonable price.
It is very important to give maintenance to air conditioners every six months. It will save you money in the long run and you will also extend their useful life. The equipment must be protected against rain and sun, otherwise it will break down more often and soon have to be replaced.
To make your refrigerator more efficient, distribute the food evenly in the different compartments so they can be chilled evenly. Put the fridge in a place where it is away from the sun and heat of the stove and avoid ice accumulation. Clean it every three months and if you go away on a trip remember to disconnect it and leave the door open.
One of the electro domestic items that uses more electricity is the iron, so it is better to do the ironing once a week and not every day. You will considerably reduce your electricity consumption. Also disconnecting blenders and televisions when they are not in used can reduce your electricity bill.
To know more about how to save electricity visit Expovivienda, where experts will give you other ideas that could be put in practice at home.