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How to save energy in every room of your home

Saving money is often the result of a few little changes that add up to make a big difference. Making these small steps around your home is no different: By adjusting a few aspects of your home setup, you can reduce your energy prices without even noticing any major lifestyle changes. Let's take a look at what you can do in each room of your house in order to create smaller energy expenditures across the board.

Living room

If your household is like most Australians', you probably spend quite a bit - if not most - of your time in your living room. This area is where people gather around the TV to catch up on "The Block", play video games, read a book after dinner and entertain children.

To decrease energy use in this area, the first step you'll need to take is to turn your television off when it's not in use. This is beneficial to saving energy . According to the Australian Energy Regulator, running a plasma-screen television can use up to 447 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy per quarter. That's up to $134 if you're paying a rate of 30 cents per kWh. Decrease this cost by keeping the TV off when no one's in the room.

Kitchen

There are lots of ways to save energy in the kitchen area. Between the dishwasher, the oven, the stove and the most notorious energy-guzzler, the refrigerator, there are plenty of opportunities to save.

When it comes to your fridge, common sense advice is well-advised: Keep it closed as much as possible. Every time you open the refrigerator, you cause the temperature inside to rise, which means the appliance must work overtime in order to cool down again. Something as simple as grabbing everything you need in one trip, rather than opening the door many times when prepping for dinner, can save you valuable dollars.

You can also save on energy by washing your dishes efficiently. Wait until the dishwasher is completely full before running a load, and choose a soap that will get the job done in one go.

Bedroom

Many people run a television in their bedroom while they sleep at night. Talk about a waste of energy! If you need a little white noise to help you fall asleep, consider downloading a track right to your smartphone. If you simply must have the TV on, set a sleep timer so you won't be running the appliance all night.

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