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Remember that improvements affects the -taxable- amount of the house/dwelling.

In Geneva there are grants for upgrades; especially for older houses and some of the suppliers will fill out all the forms for you.

I ended up finding an expert who could work out the grants/tax situation and it was definitely worth doing.

Another point is that if you do a certain amount of work, you may need to carry out further work to meet building norms as part of obtaining the grant(s).

This was for someone else's house but I learnt a lot from going through that exercise.

what do you mean by upgrades ? isolation, windows and so on or you could also upgrade your washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, oven etc ?
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what do you mean by upgrades ? isolation, windows and so on or you could also upgrade your washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, oven etc ?
Yes. As a home owner you can deduct replacement cost of many things and also the modernization cost (which is usually not detucable) of energy saving measures.
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I know 'every little helps' but a phone charger left plugged in probably costs in the order of rappen per year and a wifi router maybe 10 to 20 Francs.
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I don't see how this does anything other than back-up what I said
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We had a lot of halogen spots. The change to LEDs made a massive reduction in our electricity costs.

Having any appliances on standby is also a waste of money.

I wired a power meter up to a plug and socket so I could monitor, over time what appliances used the most electricity and also so I could show the kids that they need to turn things off.

Walk around and see what is warm - if it is, that device is using a lot of electricity - and wasting a lot too (Apple laptop power bricks - I'm looking at you specifically !)

Other things you can do:

Turn off your oven before you actually have finished with it - it will stay warm.
Run other appliances that can, in ECO mode, and run them at night too when electricity is cheaper.
I agree with this.

I also think that saving energy is also about your personal attitude and habits.

The number of times I walk into an empty room to find the light on and music playing, or catch somebody boiling a kettle full to the brim although all they will use is hot water for a single cup of tea.

Live your life conscientiously and you will reduce waste.
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Re: Reducing electricity costs

Thanks everyone, some really good tips. Definitely a few remaining halogen spots and power strips always on, that might be the low hanging fruit. Solar panels most likely a project for next year... I also didn't realise that the coffee machine "power saving auto-off after 7 minutes" as it said on the box, is massively misleading, as it keeps the element heated at the temperature to immediately make another coffee, FOR 7 MINUTES
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