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6 Ways to Save Energy and Reduce your Electricity Bill

6 Ways to Save Energy and Reduce your Electricity Bill

Electricity is an essential part of our daily lives. There are so many things that depend on it. Almost all of the home appliances run on it. When everything is running on it, it can increase the electricity bills significantly.

If you do not want the energy bills to get out of hand, then it is important to be smart when it comes to using the appliances. It is not difficult to lower the bills and decrease the consumption. It will not just be beneficial to you; it will also be a huge favor to the environment.

Here are some tips that can help putting the appliances into an energy saving mode.

1. Do not Leave Appliances in Standby Mode

If you are not using a home appliance, it is better to switch it off rather than outing it on standby mode. When you leave them in standby mode, it will still be consuming electricity and play a part in increasing the electricity bills.

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When you just leave the appliance switched on it often defaults to the standby mode so they will still be draining energy. Remember to turn off your computer, laptops, and TVs when not in use.

2. Using Timers is a Wise Move

If you are serious about saving energy, then one tool that can be extremely helpful is a timer. They make it easier to conserve energy. You can set the timer so that after a particular time the appliance is turned off automatically. It will keep it from going into the standby mode.

You can use a timer on the appliances such as heaters so that it turns off after you go to sleep or leave your house. In this way, you can save on heating bills while still having a warm home.

3. Be a Smart Buyer

You can save a lot by being a smart consumer. The old appliances are equipped with old technology, so they are not very efficient. They are high users of power, so it is better to invest in modern tools. When the old ones have gone through its cycle, it is important that you are smart about the new ones you buy.

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There are advanced models which have energy star rating. The energy star rating appliances may have a higher initial cost, but their running cost makes up for it.

4. Go Green with Home Automation

With the advancement in technology, it is becoming easier to save energy. There has been a lot of development in the home automation technology. It is also a convenient source of saving energy.

Having home automation installation is highly significant in decreasing the carbon footprint. You can do a huge favor to the environment as well. You can control them and make sure that they are not consuming excess energy.

5. Ways to Save Energy with Your TV

Every house has a television in it. If you know some simple tricks, you will be able to save a lot of energy. First, you do not want to put it in standby mode especially if you have an older model. Always switch it off when not watching.

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There are also other ways for using the televisions smartly. You should adjust the brightness and make sure that they are suitable for you because mostly the original settings are too bright. You can also use light sensors or switch to energy saving mode.

6. Improvise

You can save a lot of energy by being smart. You have to be smart about using the home appliances. If it is sunny outside, you do not need to use a dryer. Instead, you can dry your clothes in the sun. It will help in lowering the power consumption.

Improvisation is an excellent way of using power efficiently. You can avoid using an electric blanket and use an extra flannelette sheet. It will cost you nothing but will keep you warm and cozy.

You do not have to settle for huge electricity bills when you can control it by being smart about how you use the home appliances.

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Featured photo credit: Samsung via samsung.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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