It’s common knowledge that using too much electricity and water drives up costs at home and negatively impacts our environment. Still, many households continue to overconsume energy. Most people believe that cutting back on energy usage requires investing heavily in solar power or a similar alternative power source. That’s not at all true. Energy saving starts with baby steps at home, like remembering to turn off the lights if a room is not in use. Once you’ve mastered that, you can try one of the following:

Get energy-efficient pumping

Water usage can go overboard if unchecked. You can significantly reduce power usage, eliminate water waste and save money with energy saving water pumps. These are the devices, if you don’t already know, that controls the flow of water between two bodies, like the pipe and the heater tank. The average water pump is not designed to be efficient when it comes to releasing the flow and maintaining pressure. However, there are modern pumps with trimmed impellers and better-designed control valves to reduce unnecessary liquid loss. Buy one of these immediately.

Open windows during daytime

You’d be surprised by the amount of money a household can save by simply opening the windows during daytime. People are so used to electricity, many don’t think twice about switching the lights on indoors when the sun is shining perfectly outside. This bad habit needs to go. Learn to open the curtains and let the daylight stream in. Make it your goal to completely eliminate the need to turn on any lights during daytime.

Switch to a dishwasher

Washing dishes by hand actually uses up a lot more water than using a dishwasher, even though the popular belief is that the dishwasher is more wasteful. When you wash by hand, you use couple of litres of water per dish to wash and rinse. Dishwashers, on the other hand, circulate the same amount of water per load of two dozen or so dishes and cutlery. New, “green” dishwashers are better than ever at using water and electricity only as necessary. Consider one of these to cut back on the gallons of water used to wash a small fork or a plate.

Replace single-flush toilets

The problem with single-flush toilets is that they use a large amount of water to flush away even a little waste. Instead, try replacing the old commodes at your home with dual-flush toilets. They come with a “light” flush that uses a little amount of water, and a “heavy” flush only when it’s needed. Toilets are notorious water wasters. Therefore, you should invest a little on efficient accessories to save money and power on the long run.

Unplug that laptop

Electric appliances, like laptops, electric kettles and television sets, are known as “phantom power” vampires. Meaning, these devices use up energy when they are plugged in, but are not actually in use. People forget to either unplug their frequently used electronic devices, or just leave it plugged in for convenience. This kind of convenience comes as an added cost to your electricity bill. Make it a habit to unplug such devices when they are not in use, or at least switch off the power outlets. Leaving laptops and cell phones perpetually plugged in is not good for their battery life, either. That’s all the more reason to unplug.

Air dry

Stop using your clothes dryer during the summer months when the sun is out to save a load of money. Hang up a clothesline, and air dry to save money and to keep your clothes from incurring any machine-induced damage (air-drying is much gentler on fabric). Plus, there won’t be any lint or, worse, static. Additionally, your air-dried clothes will smell nice like the sun without the need for artificial laundry fragrances.

The above methods are effortless to master. It will only take some dedication and practice to make your home amazingly energy-efficient in no time. Develop the good power-saving habits mentioned above. Purchase affordable devices like water meters to monitor your energy and water usage. Ask a plumber, if you can’t do it yourself, to check your indoor plumbing system for leaks and other issues, and fix them at once. The important thing is to commit yourself, and convince other members of your household, to saving energy and water. You can then enjoy a lot of money saved on bills.