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As the year moves forward we know how hard it can be to save money and pay for all the house hold bills.
Here are some handy tips on how to save money and reduce your house hold bills.
Did you know that turning your heating down and having your heating on more regularly could save you money. When your heating comes on in the morning and again at night, it has to work harder to bring your house up to the designated temperature. If you were to have it set so it comes on half way through the day even if no one is at home for about an hour can help. This means your house will stay at more of a consent temperature therefore saving you money.
If you turn the pressure down in the shower or even have a bath it can save money and water. Did you know that you use more water and energy when having a shower compared to having a bath.
If you are using the oven for cooking dinner, then stock up and cook more dinners at the same time. Your oven uses a lot of energy to get up to temperature so why waste it? Once it up there it takes less energy for it to stay there. Cooking more meals at once saves money, time and energy.
When you are finished using the oven don’t just close the door and turn it off. Leave the door open allows your oven to cool down and heats your kitchen.
Don’t you just hate it when after a lovely meal you still need to do all the dishes! Well if you have a dishwasher you will save money and water. Using a dishwasher will also mean you can sit down with your feet up and relax after dinner.
Keeping your fridge full can save energy, how? Well if there is an empty space in the fridge it will have to work extra hard to keep the rest of your food cold. If your fridge is full then all the items will help keep the temperature down.
On most hobs there will be different sizes of rings. If you are heating a small pan then use the small ring. This means that less energy is wasted and the pan is getting an even heat all round.
If you use clothes horses or hang them out you will save money and energy. Also there is nothing better then when your clothes have been dried outside.
When your clothes aren’t completely dry (but not damp) this is the best time to iron. This can save you time as all the cresses come out quickly and also is more energy efficient.
Switching things off at the plug if you aren’t using them could save you money. Did you know that even if your phone isn’t plugged in to it charger the charger is still using energy! Turning it off could save money and could make your charger last longer.
Why not get the kids involved. Get them to look around the house and find things that are turned on or on standby that don’t need to be. This then gets the kids to see what could be saved.
Ensuring your curtains or blinds are open when the sun is out can lighten up and heat up your room. The sun is a great heat source so why not use it. Once it sets close your curtains and blinds to keep the warmth in.
Don’t just stay with the same energy company. If you compare and shop around you will save more money than if you stay with the same company. Also speak to your provider about getting a smart meter fitted. This is free and alows you to track your energy usage.
These are all simple tips but could save you a lot of money and will be better for our environment.