Ten Tips to Help Make Savings in the Home
1 – Use Old Style Cleaning Products
There is often no need to go to the expense of buying specialist cleaning products as other every day products will often do a better job. For example, use white vinegar to unblock sinks. It will also remove lime scale and you can clean work tops with it. Bicarbonate of soda will de-scale teapots and tea cups and should be used to stop unpleasant smells coming from your microwave and refrigerator.
2 – Cheap Paint
If you are thinking of putting a fresh coat of paint on a wall at home, don’t automatically go and buy the expensive tin of paint at the DIY shop. Many DIY stores now mix paint for you in the store. Sometimes when the colour doesn’t turn out right there can be left over paint that nobody wants. However, it may be just what you are looking for and you should be able to buy it for substantially less than the stuff in the tinned paint aisle.
3 – Boil with the Lid on
If you are boiling water or heating up anything in a pan, do so with the lid on. If you leave the lid off then a lot of the heat will escape meaning that it will take longer to get to the temperature you want. This is a waste of energy and ultimately a waste of cash.
4 – Buy Ingredients in Bulk
It is always a good idea to buy stuff you use in cooking meals in bulk, or at least look out for ‘buy one, get one free’ offers at the supermarket. You can always freeze what you don’t use and although it may cost more initially if you buy in bulk, you will save money in the longer term.
5 – Invest in Insulating Your Home
This is another tip which means you spend money in the short-term but save in the longer term. Whatever, you can do to make your home more efficient will help you save money. It has been estimated that the average home loses around 50% of the heat that is generated within it. Try and drive that number down as you could save hundreds by wasting less energy.
6 – Turn the Heat Down
Sometimes this is a tough one to do, especially on cold days, but consider turning the heat down a couple of degrees on the thermostat. You may not actually notice that much of a difference but it could make a huge difference to your energy spend. Also, don’t forget to use the automatic timer on your thermostat and don’t heat the house when there is nobody home. It’s simply a waste of energy and money.
7 – Take a Shower.
If you usually take a bath, consider taking a shower instead. The average bath uses about twice as much hot water as a five-minute shower.
8 – Don’t Use the Tumble Dryer
If you have a tumble dryer, try your best not to use it Tumble dryers are one of the most energy hungry devices in the home and it takes twice as much energy to dry your clothes as it did to wash them. Hang your clothes to dry outside instead. You’ll find that they even smell fresher if you do.
9 – Grow your Own Vegetables
You don’t need a big garden to grow your own produce, you can grow them on the window sill, or the balcony, or just in the kitchen. The seeds you buy will cost a lot less than buying the produce in the supermarket. So, you will save a little cash and the produce tastes better. It’s good fun too.
10 – Don’t Turn on Your Washing Machine or Dishwasher
At least don’t turn them on until they’re full. Dishwashers and washing machines run most efficiently when they are full, so get out of the habit of turning the dishwasher on every night. Wait until it is full instead. This also applies to freezers, especially if you have a deep freeze in the garage. Try and keep it full as the fuller it is, the less hard it will have to work to stay cold. This save energy and therefore cash.