With the cost of living increasing rapidly, more people than ever are looking for ways to be thrifty and avoid spending money unnecessarily. Given much of our time is spent in our house, it is unsurprising that the way we run our homes can be a huge drain on our bank balance. Everything from how much energy we use to the things we throw away cost us extra pennies every month. If you are looking for ways to save money at home, we’ve got you covered with these three easy tips that will make your hard-earned cash stretch further.
Many of us have become accustomed to throwing things away when they break, whether it is a pair of jeans or a damaged electronic device. We can also be quick to call for a professional when we need help with home maintenance jobs, even if they could be achieved easily on our own. One great way to save money is by getting your hands dirty and fixing things yourself. You will find plenty of tutorials on YouTube covering everything from how to fix a toilet flush system with new parts to repairing or repurposing old clothes. Alternatively, you may be able to access free repair classes in your area. These often take place in community centres and libraries.
Get energy efficient
The UK has some of the least energy efficient housing in Europe, which means many of us have to use more energy than should be necessary to keep our homes warm in winter. With the cost of gas skyrocketing, one obvious and easy way to save on your bill is to only use the heating when you really need it, and only heat the rooms you’re using. Longer term, you should also consider investing in getting your home properly insulated. This will keep heat in your home for longer and means you won’t require as much energy to stay toasty. In terms of electricity, you can also save money by turning off plugs when you’re not using electronic devices and switching off lights when you leave a room.
Parts of the UK are currently experiencing water stress after the recent heatwaves and drought that followed, making it imperative that you conserve your water usage at home. What is good for the environment is also good for you, as conserving your water usage will mean lower costs every month. Taking shorter showers, and taking showers instead of baths, will help to save water. If you have a garden, you could also consider collecting waste-water from showers and catching rainwater in butts linked to your drains to use when watering your plants. Only using your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full will also help keep your water usage and energy bills down.
It only takes a few small changes to your routine to start seeing a significant difference in your monthly outgoings, so don’t delay in investing in these methods to save yourself money at home.