Old appliances need more electricity to run.The best thing you can do for yourself instead of replacing coils in an older refrigerator or buying an used appliance is to invest in an energy efficient appliance. It will cost much less to run and will work more efficiently for you.

First Aid & Medications. Depending on where you’re headed, you may need more or less than some travellers. Pain relief for adults and children, itch relief cream, allergy medicine such as Benedryl and asthma inhalers, sun screen, meds for diarrhea, constipation and motion sickness, as well as, basic first aid items such as Band-Aids and antibacterial cream, Just keep in mind that some of these items may not make it through bag check if you’re flying. In that case, you may need to pack some items in a zip lock bag and stash in your luggage or buy at your final destination.

Recently we moved house. I had to pack the extension and power cables into two large boxes. That is what is required to power up the equipment and hardware used in an average household now. It’s no longer just a matter of plugging in the kettle. Power is required for the computer, the router, the mobile phone charger – which are not the same for different models, iPod charger etc etc.

The Luggage. Your goal is to take the least amount of baggage possible without under-packing. Rolling clothes takes up less space and leaves them less wrinkly. Stick shoes into plastic bags so they don’t get your clothes dirty. Aim to take fewer bags than people.

Let the sun pay your energy bills. In the winter, leave your south- and west-facing window shades/curtains open during the day to let in the winter sun. Keep them closed at night for added insulation. In the summer, use white window treatments to reflect heat away from the house while still keeping it bright inside. We like energy efficient double honeycomb cellular shades that let in lots of light while keeping out the heat and the cold. Now that’s an easy way to go green!

This is especially cool on those cold winter mornings. Just set it to start 30 minutes before you getup and its not so unpleasant to get out of under the sheets after all.

Clip coupons for everything. Many stores double coupons so it is well worth the effort. In addition to this, pay attention to store specials and sales. Sometimes you can use your coupons in addition to the sales so that you pay next to nothing for your items.