As a nation, we are prone to wasting energy. Maybe it’s because we can’t actually see the energy we waste leaving our homes – or maybe it’s because we don’t see the effects it has on the environment. But whatever it is, we are one of the biggest culprits for energy wastage in the world. In fact, a study by Forbes found that per year, America wastes 130 billion dollar’s worth of energy. That’s quite a lot by anyone’s standards! But don’t think that there’s nothing you can do to help bring this figure down. By making just some small changes, you can help the environment and save yourself some money while you’re at it.

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Get the most out of your water supply

Having a working supply of clean, running water in the home isn’t really considered a luxury by most people any more. But, the type of water you have running through your property can really make or break your system. If you live in an area which tends to have hard water, your pipes and appliances could be at risk of limescale and long term damage. Hard water contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, which can be harsh on household plumbing systems. If you have ever experienced a poor flow of water from your shower head, this could be down to a limescale blockage caused by hard water. Alternatively, you may have experienced a kind of film on your skin or excessively dry hair after showering under hard water. Using the best water softener in your home can make this impact less pronounced and save you money too. Other handy bathroom tips include not leaving the tap on while you brush your teeth or shave. Simply switching it off for these few minutes a day could save you up to $70 in water costs a year.

Make sure your fridge is working properly

Fridges typically eat up our energy supply. Of course, turning them off isn’t really an option when you have fresh food in there. But, there are things you can do to ease the blow your fridge has on both your finances and the environment. A really simple tip is just not leaving the refrigerator door open. ‘Refrigerator gazing’ can cost the average family $30-$60 a year! Also test your refrigerator seals to check that outside air is not sneaking in there, which will make your refrigerator work even harder. ┬áIf you have secondary refrigerators, such as mini-fridges, ensure that these are turned off and empty when not in use.

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Wrap up warm in winter

When it’s cold outside, we tend to do the first thing we think of – which is usually turning the heating up to max. However tempting, try and refrain if you could stay just as warm by wrapping up. Investing in thick blankets, slankets and jumpers can be the best and cheapest way to keep warm during the winter months. Plus, think about which rooms need heating the most. If you spend most of your evenings in the lounge, there is no real need to heat the rest of the house. If you have a gas fire in your lounge, even better.

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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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