Reducing your household bills can easily be done by taking a few steps that will not only save you money but also reduce waste and conserve energy. Here are a few tips on how to save money whilst being environmentally conscious.
Check your fridge
If your fridge doesn’t already have a thermometer then you can buy one cheaply online, but they are important to make sure that your fridge is between 2 and 4C, if not then bacteria can spread more easily. The freezer should be between -18 and -15. It is not necessary to keep food any colder if you’re thinking you want to keep it for longer, these temperatures are fine and if you were tempted to go below -18 then keep in mind that a further 5C can increase the amount of energy your fridge or freezer uses by up to 25%. The location of your fridge within the kitchen can also have an effect on the amount of energy it uses. By keeping your fridge in shaded areas and away from any radiators it means your fridge will not have to work any harder to keep the food inside cool.
Depending on how many people live in the house, daily showers, baths and washing dishes can increase the amount of energy used within a household. A simple solution to this is to limit the amount of baths taken and switch to having quick showers. A less obvious tip involves placing an unused brick in your toilet cistern that will reduce the amount of water used per flush which can be up to half a gallon less. Water companies often give free ‘water savers’ which have the same function as a brick, but if they don’t work you can also try using a plastic bottle with sand or gravel.
Insulating your home
With the drastic changes in weather throughout the year it is essential to fully insulate your home to ensure that no heat escapes. The initial cost of loft and cavity wall insulation is worth while in the long term as it protects your home from unwanted cold air. If you don’t have double glazed windows and don’t want to spend the extra money on getting them then purchasing draught excluders or weather stripping to fill in any cracks around windows and doors is a cheap solution to avoiding having to turn up the heat. Additionally heavy curtains around windows or roman blinds are as effective at keeping in the heat during the winter and after dark.
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