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In today’s economy, people are trying to reduce overhead costs and go green. The buzz around being environmentally friendly sometime seems a little daunting and costly for the average consumer. Homeowners who want to do their part, but find it difficult can read the few tips below and will be on the path to becoming more environmentally friendly and green. These steps alone won’t make a significant difference, but combined they can reduce costs and be more environmentally friendly.

Most people use there geyser on the highest setting, instead of switching your geyser on and off or leaving it on the highest setting, rather turn the temperature down to optimal level, which is usually 60 degrees Celsius. If your geyser is not switching on and off every few hours it will reduce costs, also, insulate your geyser with a geyser blanket. It will help retain the water temperature for longer.

Although we all like the quick and easy access to all our electrical appliances, most people do not know that an appliance ‘on standby’ mode still draw power. Switch every appliance off at the plug although it might seem like a lot of effort, will definitely reduce costs over a prolonged period of time. So unplug or switch off at the plug your cell phone charger, your TV, PlayStation and any other non-essential appliances. A computer left on standby during the day can use as much as 20% of the usual power that it uses. It would be best to set your computers settings to hibernate.

While having excellent air in our country, if you are using an air conditioner to cool down a room or a heater to heat a room, make sure the windows are closed tightly. If windows and doors are left open when using a heating or cooling system, the system will use more than the required energy.

Excluding your fridge and deep freeze, avoid using energy sapping appliances such as the stove or oven. It would be more energy efficient if you used a microwave or slow cooker. It is well known that the bigger the appliance is the more energy it will take to heat up so when you do have to use the stove or oven, use the same plate to cook multiple dishes right after each other. Instead of heating up two plates on the stove, rather heat up one plate and cook the second dish after the first on the same plate. If you do use the kettle, boil only the amount of water needed for your beverage, it would be a waste of energy to boil a full kettle for one cup of coffee.

If you change from hot water to cold water when washing your clothes in the washing machine, you could save up to 40%. Washing your clothes in cold water will also prolong the life or your clothes. You will save money on energy and on replacing worn clothes. Using the natural energy and heat from the sun to dry your washing instead of a tumble dryer will also reduce energy cost drastically.

When choosing your light bulbs, look for CFL (compact florescent light-bulbs) light-bulbs, these use less energy than the usual bulbs. Also certain CFL bulbs can be used in conjunction with a dimmer switch. Using a dimmer reduces the flow of energy to the light fixture or lamp. It is sometimes not necessary to have bright lights so if possible use a dimmer and CFL compatible bulbs.

While on their own, these tips won’t save you much but using them together will definitely reduce the cost of energy consumed.