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The homes we live in provide us with warmth, security and entertainment. And while we may be more connected than ever thanks to electronic devices, this comes at a cost.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that: "Consumer electronics and computer equipment now represent 15 percent of global residential electricity consumption."

With the amount of energy consumed by electronic devices set to triple by 2030, according to the IEA, the need for clean, efficient homes is more important than ever before, both for the planet and our pocket's sake.

Here, takes a look at eight ways to make your homes greener, cleaner—and even cheaper—places to live.

By Anmar Frangoul, special to

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