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If you are a homeowner or if you rent accommodation, you will find that no matter how much you seem to keep up with your bill payments, they seem to be never ending.

Every year energy costs seem like they are going up, which impacts how much money you have left over at the end of every month. The inability to save more impacts our desires to have our dream holidays or to purchase our dream gift. For years, people haven’t had the knowledge or accessibility to products that can make a huge difference to the way we consume energy.

Thankfully with the advancement of the Internet, people are becoming more aware and informed about ways they can energy consumption in their home.

Below are a few effective habits and practices that you can use to start reaping the cost benefits from your energy bill.

Retrofit your home with LED lights.

Installing LED lights in your home is one of the quickest ways to cut down your ongoing energy consumption bills. By retrofitting your home with LED lights, you can save up to 80% on your existing energy bills. This is possible because LED lights are more efficient at consuming energy compared to traditional light bulb options like incandescent lights, which lose up to 90% of their energy through heat. Many homeowners report energy savings of up to $100 a month by switching to LED bulbs.

The environmental impact is huge because majority of the energy that is consumed comes from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. By reducing the amount of energy consumed, we are also reducing the amount of carbon emissions.

Design your home to let in more natural light.

Natural light is the best sources of light and heat energy that you can provide within your home. More natural light improves the health and well being of people and the best thing about it is that it is free! The home can easily have dark areas that need to be supplemented by artificial light, which will increase your energy costs.

You can circumvent these costs by:

*   Placing more mirrors, glass or reflective objects around the home.

These objects should reflect the natural light that is coming into the home and make any dark spaces appear brighter.

*   Installing skylights.

Installing solar tubes to direct natural light into dark areas in your home.

Opening curtains or blinds to let more natural light inside your rooms.

*   Unplug your electrical items.

Many people are guilty of leaving our items on stand-by. Even though the item is technically “off”, the item still draws current from the electrical socket. Unplugging items from electrical sockets ensures that any electrical items such as televisions, printers or computers won’t continue to draw more current and add to your electricity bill.

Avoid using the air conditioner.

*   When people feel hot, the first thing they go for is the air conditioning. It is refreshing, however it can easily consume a lot of energy and ramp up your electrical bill. There are alternative ways for keeping cool such as:
*   Drinking iced beverages
*   Using a fan
*   Opening your windows
*   Closing your curtains or blinds to keep the heat outside of your home.

Avoid using the heater when it is cold.

When it is cold, people are inclined to turn on the heater straightaway. Most people fail to realise that they can improve their warmth by:

*   Minimising heat loss by closing doors and windows around their home.
*   Using a hot water bottle to keep their body warm.
*   Fitting their property with insulation.
*   Investing in heavy tog duvets to woollen blankets to keep themselves warm.

By implementing these habits in your home, you should see your monthly energy bills drop drastically. Start adopting these habits and start saving more money from your new energy consumption habits today.

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