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Everyone is looking for ways to save money in your home. Setting up a budget is the best option, but that only shows you the amount you are spending in your home and the amount that you are budgeting for that. It often comes to cutting down on expenditures, which can be painful (at times) Here are some simple and effective techniques.
Put the Heating on a Timer
Having the heating on constantly will eat into your energy allowance. Opt for a timer and have it on once or twice a day – first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This will be enough to prevent the pipes from freezing during the winter. During the rest of the day – if you are at home – put an extra layer of clothes on or have blankets to keep you warm if you need them.
Use the Heat from the Oven
After you have used the oven for cooking, it is common to shut the door. The heat from the oven will be there for a while but shutting the door stops it from escaping. Use this free heat to warm up the home, even if it is just the kitchen.
Turn Off the Plugs
When you are not using an electrical appliance, turn it off at the wall. You will be surprised by the amount of energy a TV or computer uses when it has been left on standby unnecessarily. It is also possible to buy adapters that switch off the electricity supply when one item is switched off; for example, a modem and printer cannot be switched on while the computer is switched off.
Turn Off the Lights
Lights also eat up the home budget but you can avoid this. It seems obvious- but when you walk out of a room, switch the lights off – even if you think you are going back into the room in a few minutes. It is also worth investing in energy saving bulbs; while they do take longer to get to the full brightness, they will help you save money in the long run.
Make a Shopping List
A lot of money is spent on the groceries. The problem is that people do not make a shopping list and then go to the grocery store and buy anything – often the items they find on sale. This often leads to them buying something that they do not need. By making a list, you are less likely to stray from it.
Use Up All Food
You will be surprised by how long food lasts. Instead of throwing food out, use it up in a stew, soup or a stir-fry. You could find that you save hundreds throughout the year by doing this and you will come up with some unique and inventive dishes for the family.
It is possible to stick to a budget and start saving money on your household bills. The trick is being sensible. You will be surprised by the amount that you use up throughout the day when you do not need to, such as by leaving lights on or having the heating on when you are out of the house.
L Bee Note: All of these tips seem obvious, but I know I am TERRIBLE at a few of them, like using up all food, or turning off things when I’m finished using them. I think it’s great to be reminded every now and again.
This blog post was written by David Taylor, owner and manager of Gladstone Brookes, a UK based mis-sold PPI claims company helping people claim back PPI on their mortgages, credit cards and loans. Regularly writing on the topic of personal finance, he loves to share money saving advice with readers.