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It is one of those things that every household has to bear – the electricity bill. More often than not, I am constantly trying to teach my children to turn off lights when they are not in their room. It seems to be an endless battle, bit something I am persisting with. With a family of four, these bills can sometimes creep to be larger than normal, so I got to thinking about how we can be more efficient with our energy saving:
- Turn off lights when not in use: a given, right? But kids these days seem to forget every time.
- Turn off appliances at the power point when you go away: Notice that little red light on your tv when it is not in use? And the timer on your DVD player or recorder? They take up energy. When you go away on holidays, don’t forget to switch off all these devices at the power point. Even most appliances in the kitchen, including the microwave, toaster and kettle.
- Consider using energy efficient light globes: halogen lights, for example, can omit a lot of energy. LED lights are a fabulous alternative for energy saving, plus you don’t have to keep replacing them.
- Wash clothes in cold water
- If building a new house, invest in good insulation
- Avoid using the dryer as much as possible: these appliances are killer energy sappers.
- Install blinds or curtains: my in-laws are constantly living in a dark fortress in summer with all curtains drain. It is nice and cool inside however, even without the air conditioner on.
- Get your heating and cooling system regular checked: having the filters cleaned and assessed by a professional is not only important from a health factor, but maintaining the heating and cooling system will maintain the efficiency too.
- Turn off your second fridge or freezer when not in use. How often do you have a second fridge or freezer running with hardly anything inside it? Consider giving it a rest in seasons when it is not regularly in use.
- Add light dimmers in certain rooms.
Sometimes it is little things that can make all the difference. Even if it is a saving of $100 a year, over a number of years, this can make a huge difference. But remember, it is not just the money saving, it is a conservation to the environment, the world and the lessons learnt in learning to change a few little habits.
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