What can you do to your home to save some money?

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The fact is that running a home is not getting any cheaper. Your household energy bills never seem to go down, no matter how many news stories there are about the collapse in global oil and gas prices.

New technologies such as fracking are in the news, but for many people, it is a struggle to simply make ends meet each month. Any way you can save some money around the home on energy use will always be welcome.

Here are some useful tips to make the most of a few cost-cutting measures that won’t affect your lifestyle.

 

Know your usage

One of the main ways that you can cut down energy bills is simple – the less energy you use, the less you pay. This means that you can make savings without having to replace any equipment or invest in new technology.

There are a number of ways to work out how much power you use and how you use it, which is the first step on creating your own energy plan.

From intelligent smart meters, online calculation tools, and even phone apps, there are lots of opportunities to learn about the energy use in your home, and to use the information to make money-saving changes to your behavior.

For instance, making sure your washing machine has a full load is a really easy step to take. Around 90 percent of the energy used for washing clothes is used up by heating the water, so the more you put in, the more you save.

 

Low-cost solutions

There are some very low-cost solutions that can save you dollars in the long run. Simply changing from old, power-hungry light bulbs to new, energy efficient LED ones can be a great economical investment. Likewise, making sure any new items you buy such as fridges, washing machines and cookers have good energy ratings is an essential part of keeping bills down and also doing your bit for the environment.

Tackle heat loss

One of the biggest drains on a household energy budget can be heat loss during colder months. Loft insulation is a major way to make sure that your home is not losing heat that costs you money to generate. Windows can also let heat escape from a home, so fitting stylish wooden shutters can not only look great but also help you to cut your utility bills.

Around the house, simply turning your central heating down by one degree can make a real dent in fuel use without any noticeable effect on your indoor environment at all.

Simple answers

Global energy issues seem so difficult for governments to deal with, but thankfully, tackling some simple tasks and making small changes around your home can make all the difference to household outgoings.

You can easily make savings with little or no outlay. All you need is to want to do it; and who doesn’t want to spend less on household energy bills?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Resist – The Resistance Series Book Two By Tracy Lawson

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Spoilers!

 

“…[the OCSD] is a modern Leviathan, and if people aren’t afraid of it, they should be. It squanders the fruits of the labors of others to remind us of its power. We are forced to bow before it and accept the crumbs it offers.” 

 

Resist, the second installment of The Resistance series, picks up right where book one, Counteract, left off. The country has been on lockdown for decades after the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (our villain) was established to protect the people from ongoing waves of terrorist attacks. At least that’s what the OCSD tells the public. The masses sheepishly go along with endless restrictions and are willingly drugged to “stay safe” from terrorist use of chemical weapons. Life is now one long acid trip. The director of the OCSD is poisoned and Careen (our heroine), and her cohorts are blamed.

 

Cue The Resistance!

 

A new OCSD director, Dr. Madalyn Davies, is put in place, this one even more power hungry than the last. The Resistance fights the system by rallying the public to their side. Peacefully and successfully at first. But when Davies makes drugging and controlling the public again a priority over feeding them, all Hell breaks loose. There are riots and looting and innocent people die. In response, the Resistance sprinters off and makes countless mistakes, because they, “have to do something”. This tactic doesn’t end well. With the evil government agency breathing down their collective neck, how will Careen and the Resistance continue to fight?

 

Resist is a great story. Sometimes, important things happen with little or no pomp, so you have to pay close attention to what you’re reading. Resist pulls the reader in with a dose of tense action. But for me, when reading a book, it’s all about the ending. I felt defeat and disappointment at the end of the book. But that’s because I was finally throughly invested in the main characters. And I’m dying to read book three.

 

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Tracy Lawson is an award-winning author of two nonfiction books. She’s enjoyed creating the characters Tommy and Careen and looks forward to continuing their story in more volumes of The Resistance Series young adult novels. Tracy lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter and three spoiled cats.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Best Gifts To Keep On Hand For Last Minute Birthday Parties

Have you ever been invited to a last minute party and don’t have time to go buy a gift? Why not stock up on a few gifts to keep on hand to use anytime? Check out these nine gift ideas.

 

 

Check out Best Gifts To Keep On Hand For Last Minute Birthday Parties

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Anne

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