Money For Lunch – How to Turn Energy Saving into a Habit

How to Turn Energy Saving into a Habit

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Many people have, at one point or another, lamented the rising cost of home energy bills. And most people would probably agree that they’d like to save money on their energy bills in whatever way they can. But reducing energy costs isn’t just as simple as switching off lights and reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower. To see real financial return, you need to turn saving into a habit.

Turning energy saving into a habit has just one benefit, but it’s so great that you won’t want to miss out. Your energy saving routine will become so internalised that you won’t even realise you’re doing it, which means that saving money on energy bills will become a part of your everyday life.

Investigate Energy Saving Options

It’s much easier to develop bad habits than it is good, which is why anyone interested in saving needs to be prepared to commit to a rigorous regime. Saving can be achieved in many ways in the home, so your first step should always be to investigate how this might be possible for you. Unplugging appliances is a good start, but if you have your own home you might even go as far as considering installing a voltage optimiser from Critical Power Supplies.

The Benefits of Positive Reinforcement

It’s a commonly held myth that it only takes 21 days to form a habit, but this has been debunked through academic research. The truth is, the length of time (and difficulty) of forming a good habit will vary from one person to the next. But there are ways to make it easier.

For example, it’s long been known that positive reinforcement will encourage the formation of a habit – either good or bad. So in order to encourage energy saving in your home, you may wish to think about setting up some kind of rewards-based system. Analyse your energy bills from one month to the next, and total up the amount of money you manage to save. After a three months, spend this money on a treat for you and your family.

Getting Goal-Oriented

Another great way to encourage the formation of a good energy saving habit is to divide your goals up into ‘big goals’ and ‘little goals’. Little goals could be something like turning the lights off. A big goal could be to eventually have a new eco-friendly boiler installed. This will make energy saving a much easier task to tackle on a day-to-day basis, and as we all know, repetition is one of the cornerstones of habit-forming.

 

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