Saving money on electricity and gas prices is easy if you know how

Planning for an overseas holiday is one of the more enjoyable things people get to do when they are young and in search of an adventure, while mature travellers often hope to expand their horizons by learning more about the world.

But increasing gas prices, as well as rising electricity bills mean that it is becoming more and more difficult for people to put money aside for a special trip when they can barley pay the daily running costs associated with having their own house or apartment.

With this in mind, it is not surprising that individuals who have a serious case of the travel bug may find that instead of spending their weekends in exotic locations they are researching different ways to cut back on the amount of energy they use and save money.

If you are already doing the basics - turning off lights when you are not in the room, using fans instead of an air-conditioning unit and recycling water where possible - then it can sometimes feel like you are walking uphill.

But learning how to be smart about putting pennies in your piggy bank is easy once you get the hang of it and understand the importance of making long-term decisions.

For example, the energy saving lights on offer at the local supermarket might initially cost a little extra than the standard variety you would normally use, but in reality they may represent a savvy long-term investment.

In fact, it is highly likely that standard bulbs could end up costing you more in the long run due to replacement fees and a low-energy efficiency rating.

Another area where consumers could easily save money is on appliances - if your internet connection is constantly on standby or you prefer not to switch off your laptop of an evening the small running costs associated with these items may quickly increase, leaving you with a potentially nasty bill at the end of the month.

For younger people who are looking to save money and may not be able to afford new green energy appliances, it is still possible to reduce the amount of energy you use and have a positive impact on the environment.

By making small adjustments to your lifestyle, you may find that a ticket for your next flight to Europe will end up paying for itself in next to no time.