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By now, we all know how important it is to save energy in order to save the planet. It has been drilled into every marketing campaign of every energy company for the past few years to make us more aware of our emissions.
These campaigns, along with those of the government, might not have worked on everybody just yet but, whether you believe in global warming or not, it is undoubtedly cost effective to minimise the energy output from your home. If you don’t care about the planet, I’m sure you care about your wallet. Saving money is appealing to everyone.
Cutting back is as simple as you want it to be. In fact, you can even be lazy about it. Do you really need to flush the toilet every time you go? Does the hoovering really need doing that often? Do your jeans actually need washing after only a couple of wears?
You can guess the answers if you like, but there are no prizes. No, no and no.
Come on, it’s unnecessary effort on your part, isn’t it? Let’s be a bit lazier. You know it’s in our nature.
Even the more strenuous energy-saving exploits, like flicking a switch at the wall to take your TV off standby for the night, will save you more than a worthwhile amount over the course of the year.
It doesn’t have to be a pain to save the pennies. Install energy efficient light bulbs in every room in your house and take shorter showers or shallower baths. Only fill your kettle for the cuppa you’re having now and not the one you’ll have in two hours as well. Anyway, you get all that, you’ve heard it all before, but trust me, it will be worth it in the long run.
Gas and electricity comparison websites like moneysupermarket can help you find a way to manage your budget in the most cost effective way and, believe it or not, they do provide some good advice that isn’t patronising and monotonous.
It is easier than you think to save energy around the home. If you think about it, what is there to lose? You save your own energy by not having to do the hoovering all the time, you save the pennies for whatever lights your candle (see what I did there?) and, most importantly, you make a small but very significant contribution to saving the one and only rock you have to live on (well, for now).