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If you keep your home at the same temperature all day, you have an opportunity to improve your energy consumption

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LED light bulbs are environment friendly and also helps in reducing electricity bills. Pixabay
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  • High electricity bills are everyone’s problem
  • There are certain ways in which one can reduce their energy consumption
  • One of the ways is to use LEDs

infographicAre you feeling like your energy bills are a bit too high? Or have you gotten used to paying more than you should be? With a few simple changes around the house, you can reduce your energy consumption significantly. This is excellent for the environment, but it’s also good for your checkbook. Look into a couple of simple practices, such as replacing inefficient light bulbs, to make your home a better place.

There are ways in which one can save themselves from high electricity bills. Wikimedia Commons

If you’re running incandescent bulbs, you’re using more energy than necessary. LED light bulbs are the superior choice. They use 75 percent less energy compared to their incandescent counterparts, and they last 2.5 times longer. The reduced energy use is good for your home and for the planet — widespread use of LEDs could save up to 348 TWh of energy by 2027. That’s a projected cost savings of $30 million. Once you have your new LEDs installed, consider how you manage your home’s HVAC system.

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If you keep your home at the same temperature all day, you have an opportunity to improve your energy consumption. Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the temperature while you’re out of the house and raise it back on your way home. If you can adjust the temperature by roughly 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day, you can reduce your energy consumption by 10 percent. These are a couple of simple changes, but they’ll make a big difference. Other cost-saving, environmentally conscious tips for better home management are outlined in the following infographic.

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Old Diesel Cars Banned From Summer 2019 In Greater Paris

Fifteen French metropolitan areas including Lyon, Nice, Aix-Marseille and Toulouse last month agreed to install or reinforce low-emission zones by 2020.

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Exhaust fumes escape from the exhaust of a diesel engine car in Paris. VOA

The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday.

The Metropole du Grand Paris council said on its Twitter feed it had voted to ban diesel cars registered before Dec. 31, 2000 from the area within the A86 second ring-road, which includes Paris and 79 municipalities around it, a region with 5.61 million inhabitants.

The ban will use France’s new “Crit’Air” vignette system, which identifies cars’ age and pollution level with color-coded stickers. Cars with the Crit’Air 5 sticker (1997 to 2000-registered diesels) as well as cars without a sticker will be banned.

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People cool themselves at the Trocadero Fountain in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris on July 27, 2018, as a heatwave continues across northern Europe. VOA

The council plans to gradually tighten regulations in order to allow only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars on Greater Paris roads by 2030. In central Paris, pre-2000 diesels have been banned since July 2017.

Also Read: Paris Adopts Climate Action Plan, Aims At Achieving a ‘Zero Carbon’ Future

Fifteen French metropolitan areas including Lyon, Nice, Aix-Marseille and Toulouse last month agreed to install or reinforce low-emission zones by 2020. The French government hopes this will prevent European Union sanctions over non-respect of European air quality standards. (VOA)