8 easy ideas for saving money around your home
- Use a lower temperature on your washing machine, even think about using cold. Most clothing will wash really well still at a much lower temperature, saving you lots of money as the water isn’t being heated up anymore. I still use a slightly warmer temperature for whites, but wash most clothes on 20°c or lower now.
- Stop leaving the TV on standby. It still uses electricity and it’s easy enough to turn it off and then on again when you want to watch something.
- Consider getting well fitting blinds for your windows, such as those from RoofWindows.co.uk which can really help to control the light and heat entering your room, and help save you money by keeping the heat in during the dark winter months. Also, switch lights off when you leave a room and turn plugs off at the socket when they are not in use. Seemingly little things like this can make quite big savings over time.
- Hang your washing outside to dry wherever possible, instead of using a tumble dryer or hanging clothes on radiators. My plumber told me that you really shouldn’t hang clothes on radiators as it is not good for them, and you obviously want them to last as long as possible. Plus it makes them much more fresh.
- Using products like apple cider vinegar and baking soda around the house will save you lots of money. I use an apple cider vinegar spray in the kitchen and bathroom as it is naturally anti-bacterial and works really well. It is much better for the environment too, but also much better for our own health than using products with loads of chemicals in.
- If you buy bottled water, consider buying a Brita filter jug and a reusable metal bottle to take out with you. You will save lots of money in the long run, and it’s better for you than drinking out of a plastic bottle. Plus, again it’s better for the environment.
- Replace ordinary light bulbs with LED light bulbs. LED bulbs are a cheaper and more energy efficient option for your home. They use a much lower wattage than traditional halogen light bulbs but still emit the equivalent amount of light, which is good for you and for the environment.
- Batch cook meals and then freeze the leftovers or take them to lunch the next day. Knowing that you have some healthy meals ready to go makes you feel so much more organised and they are great when you are feeling particularly tired and can’t be bothered to cook.
Do you have any other simple suggestions for saving money around the house? I’d love to hear them!
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