If you have failed to cut down your energy bill last year, the start of the year this 2013 is the best time for you to plan on reducing energy consumption in your home. Reducing your energy consumption at home without affecting your present lifestyle may seem to be a difficult thing to do, but believe it or not, there are many simple and practical ways you can do just that. Here are some of them:
Make Saving Energy Your Number One Priority
Before you go about implementing energy-efficiency practices you have read in some article online, make sure you are willing to stay dedicated and committed to such practices. It's very easy to be complain and forget that you have a goal you want to achieve. For this reason, make it your number one priority this year to be energy efficient at home. Observe which practices and which appliances you can save more energy on, list them down, and place the list somewhere where you can see it every single day like the door of the refrigerator.
Be Energy Efficient in Everything You Do
In everything you do this year, make sure you have energy efficiency in mind. For instance, if you have some old bulbs that need replacement, make sure you replace them with energy-efficient lighting, particularly LEDs. If there are appliances that need to be replaced, make sure you replace them with energy-efficient items. You can find such appliances by looking for the Energy Star sticker. Investing in a good programmable thermostat is also an easy and effective way you can conserve energy at home.
Have a Smart Meter
Depending on where you live, you can avail yourself of a smart meter directly from your energy provider. By having a smart meter this year, you will have an easier time tracking your energy consumption and determining the areas you need to save energy on.
Switch Energy Suppliers
Sometimes, even after you've done everything you could cut down your gas, water, and electricity consumption, you are still welcomed by a very high energy bill by the end of each period. If such is the case, your best move is to switch energy suppliers. If you are staying in Australia, there are more than a dozen suppliers you can switch to if you want cheap gas and electricity. There's Origin, AGL, Integral, and Alinta. Find the best supplier to suit your energy needs at home and cut down your energy consumption to a significant amount.