Although it’s summer here in Australia, the first few months of the year are usually associated with the winter season in many western nations. It also means more time spent indoors—what with the cold and all—and higher utility bills. 

Use an Energy Monitor Gadget or Power Strip An energy-monitoring device, like a smart power strip, tells you how much electricity a plugged device/appliance is using per hour. This lets you quantify how much power you’re using at home and make the necessary adjustments to reduce your consumption. These devices usually cost less than $50, so they’re a pretty good investment. 

Switch to LEDs An LED bulb offers a 25000-hour lifespan, low heat, and 90 percent less energy used compared to incandescent bulbs. Since its introduction, LED technology has matured to the point where LED bulbs can now generate the soft, warm glow favoured by lighting designers. Yes, they’re more expensive than CFLs, but their cost is easily offset by the savings they bring to the table. 

Unplug Devices Not in Use It sounds so simple, but it something many homeowners fail to religiously do. Devices that are plugged in to sockets or cords still use a small amount of electricity, even when they’re switched off. Make it to unplug unused electronics, and you’ll see your utility bill come down. 

Insulate your Home Is your home already insulated? Insulate some more! With at least half of your home’s heating escaping through windows, walls, the floor and roof, there’s no such thing as too much insulation. So shell out the extra few bucks and insulate these spots, or prepare to spend more than is necessary on heating. To know which areas are leaking heat the most, you can borrow an infrared and use it at your home.

For more tips and tricks, go the to this guide on Inhabitat.


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