It’s said that there is really no place like home but it’s hardly ever said there’s no place like a home that costs you a little less each month either!
Considering how much time we actually spend in our homes sleeping, eating, entertaining ourselves – not to mention keeping ourselves warm or cool, how much effort do we really put into thinking about how we could be making considerable savings?
Given that home is our Oasis from the often difficult and tiring world outside, changing our little safe haven might not seem like an attractive option. However, a few simple changes (for the better) will make a huge difference and will mean that the money you save can be spent on something else to improve your time at home.
1. Mind the gaps!
In early autumn, buy draught excluders and fit them to all entrance and internal doors. If you are unconvinced this will help, light a joss stick and hold it near the bottom of a door and see how the smoke is affected by the draught blowing in. The same can be done with windows.
2. It’s curtains for you!
Invest in thicker curtains for winter time and close them when it gets dark or the temperature drops. Change the curtains in summer for lighter fabric such as muslin to provide privacy as well as letting the air through while deflecting the sun’s glare.
3. All aboard!
Only put the washing machine on when you have a full load ready for washing – less hot water is used in the process because the drum is fuller meaning less water needs to be heated. If you think about it, most of us have more than enough clothes to last out until the next wash so why not see if you can half the number of washes you do each week?
4. Choose a lower temperature washing program
Most washing powders and detergents now promise to get clothes clean at 30C or even less. By turning the temperature down on the washing machine it saves money on the bills. Most of the clothes we wash may be only lightly soiled so choosing a quick, low temperature wash will be more than adequate to ensure a clean set of clothes.
5. Fill up the dishwasher
Wait until the dishwasher is completely full before you put it on. Use an economy or lower temperature program if your dishes are not heavily soiled and you’ll save plenty!