Living Well & Living Green: Tips and guides to help you save energy in your home

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Green living is the cornerstone of our effort to protect our environment for future generations. There are many things you can do to help the environment by making simple changes to your everyday habits. And some of these changes will save you money, too. 

This guide will tell you about energy-saving solutions you can incorporate into your home or office, either at no cost or for a very modest cost

Use LED Lights

LED light bulbs can provide a soft glow that’s ideal for mood lighting. This type of light is better for the environment since LED lights use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. 

Also, LED light bulbs cost about 30% less to operate over the life of a bulb compared to incandescent bulbs (costs are higher upfront but make up for themselves with lower operating costs).

Switching to Efficient Appliances

There are a variety of energy-efficient appliances out there that will help reduce your utility bills. Appliances, both new and old, can be upgraded to save on energy by following some basic steps. 

Old or inefficient appliances can be replaced with new Energy Star certified models. These products can reduce energy use by up to 25 per cent and save thousands of dollars in utility costs over the lifetime of a product. 

Turning Off the Lights When Leaving a Room

Everybody knows that turning off the lights when you leave the room is the easy way to save energy—no matter if it’s a blazing hot day or a freezing cold one. 

But what’s less well known is that this doesn’t only apply to overhead light bulbs! Did you know that leaving most types of light-emitting diode (LED) lights on for just two hours burns enough energy to power a 100-watt bulb for 18 hours?

Turning off unnecessary lights not only helps save on energy costs but can also reduce the load on appliances (particularly air conditioners and refrigerators) that may require more electricity to keep cool when the house is warm.

Use Double Glazing Doors

The double glazing door will help you save energy in various ways. Firstly, there will be no sunlight shining into the room during daylight hours, so you will be able to relax in the shade. Secondly, it can isolate noise outside, preventing unwelcome interruption while you are in the midst of your peaceful activities. Thirdly, it can keep room temperature even throughout the year.

Solar-Powered Devices

Although the sun’s energy is always free, you can use it to power some useful items in your home with an easy-to-install solar kit. Solar-powered devices combine renewable energy with traditional power sources to cut the cost of powering your home and reduce your impact on the environment at the same time. 

These energy-efficient devices are made with solar technology and provide you with electricity when it’s needed most. 

Whether you need to use a smartphone on the go or have some nice warm heat for the cold winter months, solar-powered devices keep you moving without harming your surroundings. So next time you need to power a cell phone, cordless drill, TV, camera or other gadgets, look for a solar-powered option that can help you save money.

Unplug Devices

Unplug devices when they are not in use. It’s a simple way to conserve energy and money.

To find the culprits in your home, use an energy meter to measure how much electricity certain appliances and devices consume when they are plugged into the wall. By unplugging your devices after use, you are essentially reducing your overall energy expenditure in the process.

Use Smart Technology

Control your lights and appliances, schedule when they turn on and off or let them work on a timer – all from your smartphone. Why has your heating come on at 5 pm if you aren’t coming home until the morning? Set your fridge to vacation mode. Smart technology makes it easier than ever to get your home energy consumption optimal for your life. 


It’s easy to get lulled into our energy-consumptive ways — turning on lights and electronics without thinking or driving to the store across town to save a few cents on a gallon of gas. But making an effort to change your habits can make a big difference. The above tips can help you save energy in the home if properly put into practice.


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