Saving money around the house is simpler than you can imagine. You will be surprised by the amount of spending you can cut by just making a few adjustments to how you do things and adopting some DIY tips.
Below are some actionable tips that you can adopt as early as now.
Save on lighting energy
Use energy efficient bulbs to lower the power bill and save over $75 per year. Compared to the traditional incandescent ones, energy efficient bulbs can last up to 25 times longer. They help cut on frequent replacements.
During the warm months, you can use natural lighting. Combine this with switching off any bulbs that are not in use.
Manage your shopping
Managing your shopping can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend, the time spent and the gas of course. Here is a little help;
- Make a shopping list to ensure that you stick to what you need.
- Instead of buying a little of what you need every day, consolidate your shopping to once after several days to buy bulk and also save on gas.
- Be on the lookout for offers and discounts
Save on heating cost
During the cold months, heating cost can go very high. Here are a few things that can help you reduce this without compromising the warmth of your family.
- Install a programmable thermostat to switch off or lower the heat when nobody is home over long hours. This can lower your power bill by over $100 a year.
- Reduce heat loss on the appliance by covering it and it’s piping with an insulating blanket.
- Invest in space heaters and warm blankets to use when the family in in one place and turn down heating in the rest of the house.
- Seal the small cracks on windows, floors, ceilings and doors to contain heat. Insulating and air sealing a home during the cold months can save up to 15% on heating/cooling.
- Heated blankets are comfy in the cold months but should be switched off once in bed.
Reduce cooking expenses
Cooking expenses are a combination of shopping, frequency of cooking and fuel used. You can greatly reduce this if you;
- Use the right pans and pots depending on the burner sizes of the cooker. A fitting and flat pan uses less heat on the hot plate as compared to one with a distorted bottom.
- Switch off the plate a few minutes before the food is ready and let the food be done with the remaining heat.
- Use encapsulated cookware to enhance performance and heat retention which reduces the need for reheating/microwaving food.
- Plan on a day to do bulk cooking, store some food that you can reheat for the next meal and freeze some more for later days.
- Make snacks and keep for later use instead of buying them.
- Buy fresh vegetables and fruits; processed ones are a bit more expensive.
- Take advantage of the fruits in season because they tend to be cheaper.
- Oven door should be kept closed during use.
Cut down laundry/washing expenses
The invention of better laundry and washing appliances makes these activities more efficient, effortless and faster. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same of the expenses that come with them. If you want to cut this down, the following may just be what you need.
- Use a clean cloth to dry dishes as opposed to letting the dishwasher run through the drying cycle. Also, reduce its efficiency by connecting it to cold water supply and cleaning its filters regularly.
- Dry your clothes outside when it’s hot to lower power usage on tumble driers.
- Running the washing machine with cold water saves on energy as opposed to hot water.
- Always run the washing machine or dishwasher with full loads to save on water and energy.
- Install low-flow water faucets to cut on water usage. Turning off water when brushing teeth or shaving will also go a long way in lowering the bill. The same applies to fixing leaks on pipes, sinks and toilets.
Make your refrigeration efficient
Your refrigerator uses less energy when it is working at its optimum. Here is how to make that happen.
- Fill up your freezer to make it cool stuff more efficiently and fast. If there are no supplies to fill it up, use several full water bottles to produce the same effect.
- Keep the refrigerator at least a foot away from the walls. Buildup of heat at the back makes it work even harder hence inefficient in power usage.
- Do not put hot food in the refrigerator. The food won’t spoil but the increase in temperature will overwork the compressor as it cools it down.
There you have it! With these tips, it can only get easier. You never know, this might be the ticket to that holiday that you so much deserve. Now go ahead and save a few bucks.