While you can save a lot of electricity, simply by installing solar energy in your home, the first place to start saving is by cutting down on how much energy you are using wastefully.

A savings plan is needed, as solar energy installations can be expensive. Once installed, you will start to appreciate how your power consumption is less.

If you can cut back on your basic power usage, then you can cover all your energy needs by installing a smaller system. This will make your solar return on investment much greater.

So what are the quickest ways to use less power at home? A few simple steps can reduce your power usage immediately.

1. Use energy efficient light bulbs. This can halve your lighting bill, overnight

2. Unplug transformers and appliances in standby mode. These include laptops, computers, televisions, printers, as well as cell phone and camera chargers. These items, although not actually being used are usually left in standby mode, which consumes power completely unnecessarily. These transformers also use more energy once the battery is charged, but not timeously removed.

3. Shower rather than bath. Have shorter showers. Hot water makes up about 30% of your power bill. Shorter showers can greatly reduce your power bill.

4. Buy energy efficient appliances. When you need to replace something, especially your fridge, get the most energy efficient model you can. This will pay for itself in time, and save your power bill in the long term.

5. Check your hot water tank temperature. Is is set very high? If it is, turn it down. You may be wasting energy keeping it at a much higher temperature than you need to. There are many arguments whether to leave the geyser on, or to switch it off during the times you are not at home. Personally, I believe it uses more power to heat the water from cold to hot every day, as opposed to keeping it hot. That is why the geyser is fitted with a thermostat switch! Turn it a bit lower rather.

6. Use a smaller oven and a hot plate for cooking. A large, conventional stove uses far more power and takes longer to heat up.

Do an energy audit. Do you have a heated swimming pool? Do you leave lights on? Do you heat rooms that you seldom use? Find out where you might be wasting power. Only have lights on in the rooms that are occupied. Switch all others off.

Some of the most common mistakes are heating corridors and passageways, leaving lights on when no one's in the room, leaving appliances plugged in and having no curtains on your window, resulting in higher heating bills.

Once you've cut down your power bill, your solar power will go much further in powering your home, more cheaply. The more power you save, the more money you save and the bigger impact your solar energy will have on the ecology.

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Derek Robson has been a successful Internet marketer since 2003. He is a retired engineer and a syndicated article writer. He is concerned about the rise in prices of electricity and fuel and is trying to make his house and life as green as possible. Derek has recently entered into the niche of alternative energy, so keep tuned as to what he finds, by visiting his AltPower website and blog. Go get a free PLR pack on Alternative Fuels. Click here, or copy this link: http://altpower.yolasite.com