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The average Malaysian spends RM ????? each year on utility bills. Wouldn't it be better to attack wasteful energy loss and save finances for other family needs? Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your home more efficient; some are almost free while others require an investment for long-term energy gains.

Your house size, style and placement are a few factors that will help you to decide which measures to start with. But sometimes even the easiest options lead to big savings. Take heed of the following initiatives to see how best to save energy in your home:

Start With the Energy Bills
  • Collect all your fuel and utility bills and add up the amount consumed over the last six months to a year. If you calculate the costs on a per square footage basis, then you can determine how your bills compare with others and try to identify where savings opportunities exist to lower your consumption and monthly payments.
  • After adding up the bills, choose to conduct an energy audit or make an energy savings plan. List all your energy management needs and determine your priorities based on what you can afford to do.
No Cost Selections
  • Turn off the lights in unused rooms and watch costs disappear from view.
  • Use the energy saving dial on your appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators.
  • Don't waste water by turning on spigots before you're ready to do the chore.
  • Close off cooling vents in unused rooms and turn up the thermostat to a comfortable, but not freezing, level of comfort.
  • Repair all those leaky faucets and running toilet bowls to save 5% on water bills.
  • Close the curtains during the hottest part of the day to keep your interior cool.
  • Air-dry your clothes in the warmth of the sun, not a dryer, and watch costs tumble down.
Simple and Inexpensive Options
  • Install water efficient faucet head in your kitchen and bathroom sinks and a water saving showerhead that stops the cash drain.
  • Clean or change the air filter on all your air conditioning units.
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs in the fixtures you use the most.

Spend a Little More, Save a Lot More
  • Conduct a comprehensive energy audit to identify sources where energy costs are inefficient.
  • Seal and insulate all cooling ducts and have regular check ups every year or two.
  • Install additional faucet aerators, efficient showerheads, and programmable thermostats.
  • Shade your windows and add solar gain control films to lessen the heat load in your home.
Maximising Savings for the Future
  • Install more compact fluorescent bulbs in your most frequently used fixtures, even the ones outdoors. And replace exterior incandescent lights with fluorescents together with a timer or motion sensor if they're only needed for a few hours at night.
  • Make the sunlight work for you and convert to solar water heating.
  • Take stock and upgrade your water heater, air conditioners, and refrigerator to more efficient models. New units are really cost-effective when replacing old units that suck up energy.
  • Replace high-flow toilets with modern water efficient toilets that use 50-80 % less water