As if the rising temperature and the constant power cuts were not enough, we now have to worry about the rising cost of electricity too. Energy efficient home appliances can do their bit, but it is high time we contributed by following some basic conservation steps and ensuring discipline. For starters, we should make a habit of switching off lights, fans and other electrical appliances when not in use. Also, it is a good idea to use the windows for illumination. What is more, the use of windows also allows for natural air to circulate, reducing dependence on fans and ACs. We can also install electrical wires and switches that prevent electricity loss. Remember too to turn off appliances from the mains—putting them into sleep mode leads to use of energy. Similarly, once gadget like mobiles and laptops are charged, unplug it from the sockets.