If only everybody knew just how much money they could save by making, often quite small, energy saving upgrades around the house! Not to mention the benefit to the environment and feeling good about making a positive contribution to the planet. There are plenty of ways to do this from the smallest changes to much larger upgrades. As energy saving is important in a global context, resources and information are readily available to enable as much participation as possible. Here are some ways to start saving energy by upgrading at home.

Modernize - replace old appliances, such as boilers, refrigerators, televisions and more. If they are outdated they are likely to lack the efficiency and energy saving that new, modern equipment can provide.

Speculate to accumulate - although the initial outlay can be expensive, a serious upgrade will actually save so much money in the long run. Serious upgrades include having the whole house insulated properly with at least 6 inches of insulation, fitting double glazed windows and having the roof repaired or replaced to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

See the Light - but for a whole lot less. Using fluorescent bulbs rather than regular incandescent light bulbs can save up to 75% more energy. Due to this they also last a lot longer, up to ten times longer in fact.

Standby - buying appliances with in-built 'power management'. This is a feature which can be found in appliances such as televisions, computers, printers which has them automatically switch into standby mode when not in use.

Wrap up - covering pipes and boilers with insulation wrap. This will increase heat retention thereby reducing costs.

Leaky ducts - Lots of electric companies will actually arrange an appointment to visit homes and check for any duct leaks. Having these repaired or replaced can improve efficiency and reduce energy costs.

Low Power Shower - it is worth replacing old shower heads that have a particularly high flow rate. The more modern shower heads available are low flow, saving both the amount of water used and also the energy required with which to heat it.

Solar panels - these can be fitted as an upgrade to heat the whole house, or even just the pool if necessary. The saving on costs will still be considerable.

Flushed - upgrade the toilet. Old fashioned toilets use a lot more water than new modern ones. Another advantage of the newer toilets is also the option of a higher or lower flush thereby eliminating unnecessarily large volumes of water being used.

Launder for less - upgrading the washing machine to a modern one is an energy saver in that it is possible to use much lower temperatures. Modern tumble dryers are also great energy savers reducing length of drying time with their efficiency.

Depending on the amount of the budget, many upgrades can be implemented from the smallest light bulb changing exercises to the larger jobs such as replacing the roof. Any improvements made however are well worth the initial outlay when compared to the sometimes quite substantial savings to be made in the long run.

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