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Power up your year. Five easy ways to reduce your energy usage

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As we bring in the New Year, it's the perfect time to reflect on positive changes we can make in our lives. Adopting a few bright ideas can help you reduce your energy usage. Let's explore some electrifying resolutions to make your home more energy-efficient in the coming year.

  1. Seal the current-leaks: Drafts around doors and windows can zap your home's energy efficiency. Conduct a thorough inspection and invest in weather stripping or caulk to shock-proof any gaps. This simple step will keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.

  2. Unplug the power drain: It's easy to forget that even when turned off, many electronic devices continue to draw power. Pull the plug on chargers, small kitchen appliances, and electronic devices when not in use. Alternatively, consider using smart power strips that automatically cut off power to devices that are fully charged or not in use.

  3. Let natural light amp up your day: Maximise the use of natural light during the day by keeping curtains and blinds open. Not only will this create a warm and inviting atmosphere, but it will also reduce your reliance on artificial lighting. When the sun sets, choose energy-efficient light fixtures to keep your home well-lit without burning through your energy budget.

  4. Thermostat tango: Dance with your thermostat settings – lower it in winter and raise it in summer. Aim for a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on your daily routine and keep your home's energy usage in harmony.

  5. Cooking with power: Save energy in the kitchen by using lids on pots and pans, giving your cooking a power boost. Match the size of your cookware to the burner to maximise efficiency. When possible, use a microwave or toaster oven for smaller meals – they're like the energy-efficient stars of the kitchen.

By incorporating these changes into our daily lives, we not only contribute to a brighter and more sustainable future but also could enjoy the added benefit of reduced energy bills. Here's to a year filled with positive charges and energy-conscious choices!