One of the biggest expenses in our home, has to be electricity. Here are some of my favourite tips on how to get back to basics, save money simply, and do your bit for the environment, too.
- If we have glorious summer weather, or simply dry weather, we peg out our washing on the line. There’s nothing like a bit of fresh air and sunshine to work wonders. The sunlight also helps to remove or fade stains, such as marks on my daughter’s white PE tops and to freshen up and kill germs on items such as pet beds….not to mention making them smell nicer too!
- Ask children to change out of their school uniform when they get home from school - usually school jumpers can last a few days if they're only being worn for the school day.
- Instead of using a tumble dryer - invest in a dehumidifier if you can (check out some laundry dehumidifiers here). Not only will it dry your clothes, but it'll keep your home free of damp, too. We have installed ours in a small cupboard. It has a low power consumption and dries clothes so efficiently that we no longer need or want a tumble dryer.
- Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load. Wash your clothes at 30ºC and use a high-spin setting on your washing machine to get your clothes as dry as possible.
According to Which, lighting accounts for 18% of the average household's electricity bill. Switching to low energy light bulbs can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb*. Remembering to turn off the lights when you leave the room and go out helps make savings, too.
On cold winter night's there's nothing better than snuggling up under a warm blanket to feel cosy and at home. There are some gorgeous hot water bottles out there if it gets extra cold, too.
Is your home too warm? Are you walking around in t-shirts in the middle of winter? Turning down your heating by just 1°C could reduce your heating bill by 10%*. Radiators also retain heat well, so we can turn them off half an hour before going out and they continue to give out heat. (*The Money Advice Service).
Making coffee? Only boil enough water for however many cups you need.
If you're interested in more money saving...consider changing your provider or comparing tariffs. You can do this in both rented and home-owned accommodation. Set aside a little time, make a brew, and it should be quite simple to save yourself a few pounds.