Spending more than we expect is never fun.
We are always looking for ways to ensure our money isn’t needlessly wasted. In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to keep our household budget in check and make every penny count. Doing little things around the home can add up to some big savings throughout the year.
Turn off standby modes.
This is a biggie, mainly because it’s very easy to hit the standby button on the remote. That’s what it’s there for. However, it only takes a little more effort to turn the appliance off. And trust me; you’ll reap the benefits of that extra work. According to the UK government website on energy, it’s estimated that the average household can waste up to £40.00 a year by leaving things on standby. Try to turn things off on the appliance itself or turn off at the plug.
If heat rises, so can your heating bill.
A whopping 80% of your home energy is used on heating. That’s a solid chunk of the budget right there. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to combat rising costs.
Turning down your thermostat by 1 degree can save you up to 10% on your heating bills, whilst insulating your walls and loft can save you on average £330.00 a year. Combined with turning off your appliances at the mains you could potentially save enough for a cheeky week away to Spain!
Get back what you put in.
Check out local energy suppliers. They often offer energy saving offers or you might be eligible for certain grants and aid for your home. Remember, you don’t have to be a customer to take advantage of their offers. Be bold and do a little research to see what you might be entitled to.
Get Energy Recommended
When it comes to getting a new appliance, there’s something you should always be on the lookout for. Energy Saving Trust Recommended appliances are some of the best in terms of energy usage and value for money, look for A+++ or Energy Star rated appliances, these are the most efficient on the market.
There are plenty of small things you can do around the home to save a little energy, and therefore a little money. Requiring minimal effort, you can lower your bills and help the environment at the same time, which is always nice to do.