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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Comments

  1. What excellent tips you’ve given for saving money on power bills. The shutters in the picture are a beautiful color and quite fashionable. Our wooden shutters are a maple color in the back rooms. They are easy to clean and keep the heat inside and cold outside in winter.

  2. thanks for the tips. We are currently selling our home and looking to save money.

  3. These are all great ideas. Ironically I just swapped all our overhead lights from CFL bulbs to LED, originally for the intention of having actual daylight spectrum bulbs but then I realized they are much more cost efficient too.

  4. We really try and make a conscious effort to adjust the thermostat as needed, turn off lights when we no longer needed and turn off water when not in actual use. It really helps to keep our energy bills down.

  5. Catherine S says:

    These are great tips. We try to turn the air up during the day and use the ceiling fans more.

  6. These are great tips especially for my family. We live in an old home and need to put these tips to use.

  7. Some great tips. Always good to save money when you can as my dad always said ” money doesnt grow on trees!”. 🙂

  8. We really need to take a better look at where we are loosing energy. I’d love to have wooden shutters!

  9. Ensuring your home has very little heat loss is so important. I live in Wisconsin with bitter cold winters…heat loss can cost use hundreds of dollars.

  10. It’s nice when you can make small changes and know you’re making a difference. I appreciate that you’ve made this list for a great guideline.

  11. We have been able to drop the temp on the heat by quite a few degrees without really noticing a difference. I was surprised that one simple change could save us so much money.