Modern homes are becoming increasingly energy hungry. Technology is becoming more advanced, but as it does so the demands on energy grow. And there's one other thing that grows: the utility bill. By making some easy changes to your lifestyle you can make a real difference to your bills, it can be enough to pay for a weekend away for you and your family.
Do you leave your electrical appliances plugged in when they're not in use? Most people don't realize that they're still consuming up to 6% of their full power. It's called the phantom load and can be costing you hundreds of dollars year on year. Unplug your appliances when they're not being used, and exorcize the phantom.
Conventional light bulbs were cheap to buy but expensive to run. Energy saving fluorescent and LED bulbs cost slightly more initially but are more durable and cost a fraction of the cost to run. These modern bulbs are an investment for your future. They're also friendlier to the environment, which means that you're also helping the future of generations to come.
Don't leave lights out on when you're not in a room. Who is it for? It only takes a second to flip a switch, and you'll be surprised how much it can save you over a year.
Thermostats are essential installations within your home which effectively regulate the temperature within your house and make it more pleasant to live in. You don;t need to use them all year round however, and does it really need to be as high as you sometimes have it? Adding an extra layer in winter can be just as effective as turning the heating up.
Saving energy is becoming more important in all out lives. It's easy to achieve, but you'll really feel the benefits and your children will as well.