It’s nice to see that decreasing our carbon footprint is at the forefront of everyone’s thinking these days. Whether it’s because of the effects on the environment, or directly on your bank balance, it’s always a good idea to cut our energy usage. It isn’t always easy to know where to start, though, especially since we live in a world that is consumed by electronics. Technology reigns supreme, and it’s draining.

The good news is that you don’t need to drastically adjust the way you live your life if you want to cut your energy bill. You can compromise on a few small sacrifices. The little things that use energy every single day. Being smarter about when and how you use them will make a radical difference to your outgoings per annum.

Here is a couple of tricks that you can start utilising today.

Look for ways to keep your house warm in the winter. Reaching for the thermostat every time you feel a chill is going to rack up the bills. Instead, there are plenty of resources online that you can reference. There are a whole host of ways you can keep your house warm. From isolating draughts, to keeping your curtains shut, and even moving furniture away from your radiators.

Switch up your lighting. You might have the brightest bulbs money can buy, but how much do they cost you every year? It takes a lot of energy to power bulbs with a high voltage. Even when you’re just passing through the room. Energy savers, like these I Am LED bulbs, generate their power gradually. Likewise, when you aren’t in a room, make sure the lights are turned off.

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Take showers instead of baths. Yes, baths use a hell of a lot more water than showers do. That much has already been ascertained. Try to limit your time spent in the shower if you can. Stick around long enough to wash yourself and get out.

Try to limit your use of kitchen appliances. If you’re washing dishes, use a bowl full of hot water rather than a running tap. Try to avoid meals that are slow cooked in the oven. Only fill the kettle with exactly the amount of water you need.

Turn all your electronics off instead of standby. That little red dot that remains on standby is using a hell of a lot more power than you think. Your computer or television is actually retaining all of the information it has. The screen might be off, but it might as well still be running. The only thing you’re saving is the screen power. Likewise, screensavers don’t cut back on power usage that much, either.

Utilising these tricks every day will lead to massive savings over the course of the year. You can cut hundreds of pounds off your energy bills by combining all of the above approaches. Of course, there are more dramatic ways you can go green, but this is a good start. You shouldn’t find any of them to be at all inconvenient, either.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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