You may think that using energy efficiently will mean that you have to freeze in the winter or invest in expensive ground source heat pumps. There are ways that people can use less energy, save money and help the environment.
Firstly, turning off things when you are not using them. Many people get in to the habit of leaving a television or radio on all day, even if they are not in the room. They may leave lights on all over the house or put things on stand by instead of completely turning them off. Just being more aware of these things can make a big difference to the environment but no difference to your quality of life or your pocket.
White good scan take a lot of energy as well and there are easy ways to save there as well. For example rather than running your washing machine on a half load every day, put in a full load every other day. Make sure your dishwasher is stacked full before putting it on. Hang your washing up outside on dry days and by the radiator inside on cold days, rather than using the tumble dryer. If you are putting the oven on to cook, then make the most of that heat and if you do baking then cook that at the same time. Only fill the kettle for as many drinks as you need so you are not heating water you will not use.
Once you change your way of thinking and start concentrating on the way that you can be more efficient, you will be surprised at how easy it is. It will soon become automatic to switch things off when you are not using them. The great thing is that this will all save you money as well. This can be a great incentive and when you see your energy bills, it will encourage you to work hard to make even more savings. It feels good to be saving some money and you could even put the savings you are making towards paying for ways to save energy such as insulation and solar panels.
It can be worth listing all of things you could do and looking in to the long term savings you could make. It can be great to be more efficient and save money but also know that you are doing your bit for the environment as well.