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Eco tips

Hera's suggestions for safety at home

  • When purchasing a gas-fuelled appliance, be sure that it has been inspected and certified by external bodies other than the producer, and affixed with the appropriate brand.
  • For any works of installation, modification, expansion and maintenance of gas plants, as well as for installation and maintenance of appliances, refer solely to certified installers. It is absolutely forbidden to "Do-It-Yourself".
  • If you smell gas, do not turn on any electric switches. Open the windows immediately, turn off all flames, close the main pilot light of the meter and call Hera emergency services, operating 24 hours a day.
  • Periodically control that the flexible tube which carries the gas to each household appliance is fully intact. However, the tube must be changed every 5 years, even if it seems to be in an excellent state, within the expiration date printed on the tube itself.
  • When you go out, also for a very short time, never leave the stove burning. When you place liquids on burners, watch them constantly: once boiling they can overflow and blow out the flame, causing dangerous gas leaks.
  • The flame of the gas burner must be blue and a regular shape. If you note anomalies, clean the burners, brushing hard with an iron brush. If this does not resolve the situation, ask your installer to inspect and carry out maintenance.
  • When you are gone from home for a long time, before leaving always remember to shut off the gas.
  • The boiler must be accurately cleaned once a year: this way it will provide maximum security and maximum performance. Remember: a cleaner boiler is more ecological.
  • The flues must meet specific construction criteria. A clear draught guarantees safety. Thus, each year, before turning on the heating, have a technician check the efficiency of the flue.
  • It is indispensable that the air required for the regular combustion of gas can circulate in the rooms where the traditional type of gas-fuelled equipment is installed.

Gas saving

  • Regularly check boiler
  • Choose a high performance boiler. Replace your old boiler
  • Insulate hot water pipes crossing unheated areas
  • Repair draughts in doors and windows.
  • Place insulation between heaters and external walls
  • Insulate your attic.
  • Use double glazing.
  • Do not cover your radiators with drapes, curtains, panels, etc.
  • Apply thermostat temperature controls on your radiators
  • Lower the temperature at night and, if you can, install an automatic temperature regulator
  • Set the winter home temperature at max. 20░C.
  • When cooking, use pan lids and moderate flame

Electricity saving

  • Use daylight as much and as well as possible
  • Use low-consumption bulbs
  • Choose A, A+ and A++ or Energy+ household appliances (position away from heat sources).
  • Use low temperature settings for your appliances (no more than 60░), and use them during evening hours.
  • Always turn lights and appliances off when not in use (avoiding using stand-by mode).
  • Refrigerator and freezer doors should be opened and closed quickly.
  • Set fridge thermostat to medium.
  • Set air conditioners to 20░C (winter) and to no more than 8░C less than the outside temperature (summer).
  • Make sure your electric bathwater heater is maintained regularly.

Water saving

  • Repair any home tap leaks
  • Choose a shower instead of a bath
  • Choose differentiated toilet flush tanks
  • Use washing machines and dishwashers when you have a full load; do not use half-load settings. Set temperatures low
  • Apply jet-reducing water-saving tap heads
  • Don't leave the water running when you don't need it while you're brushing your teeth, washing your hair, shaving or hand-washing dishes.
  • Use containers for water reuse; the water you use to wash food or to cook pasta can also be used to water the plants, and the water used for cooking is excellent for washing the dishes
  • Water your house plants in the evening. Night-water your garden (mist-spray.
  • Always close your mains connection when away on holiday etc.
  • When washing your car, use a bucket. Don't use a hose.
  • When all taps have been closed, check to see if the meter is running up consumption. If it is, you probably have a leak.
  • Never throw out the following in the toilet or sink: cotton buds, cotton balls, makeup removal disks, cigarette butts, condoms, stockings, pads, diapers, plasters or plastic materials, blades, razors, frying oil, animal or vegetable fat, food scraps, or hair. These types of waste can block and damage the mechanical parts of the treatment plant, increase volume and do not degrade over time, causing the obstruction of the water pipe.

Separate waste collection

  • Choose products with little packaging.
  • When you can, use natural or biodegradable materials.
  • Separate waste according to instructions from the local government authority.
  • Crush waste for space saving.
  • Separate newspapers and magazines from their cellophane wrapping.
  • Remove the plastic "window" from envelopes.
  • Never place in separate waste: plastic cutlery, CD cases, toys, waxed paper and plastic-coated paper (i.e. from cold-cuts). All of these materials should be included in non-separate household waste.
  • Always put your waste in the right bag.
  • Before throwing out glass, try to wash bottles and jars and remove their tops.
  • Never place ceramic or terracotta, mirrors or bulbs in the glass bin.
  • Wash plastic bottles (PET, PVC, PE) and detergent bottles, and crush them length-wise, closing them with their caps.
  • Never leave bags, cardboard boxes or packaging of any kind on the ground beside bins or skips.
  • Take bulky waste to your local ecological station or drop-off point, or call for free disposal arrangements.
  • If you have garden, you might think of using your food scraps as compost.
  • Take your waste to the bins in the evening (above all, during the summer months)
  • Drink tap water. Save on waste.

Page updated 31 July 2020

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