Charity Begins Here! Ways To Be Economical In Your Home | Pip Milburn
Everybody is looking for a cheaper way to live their life. Not so much that it completely inhibits your ability to enjoy every day, but being economical is just perfect common sense. It seems that now, there are so many different changes in life that can cause an abundance of expenses. There are things like home maintenance, hiking up the utility bills, and, of course, the rising costs of living. And being able to maintain a certain lifestyle in your family is desired. This means we have got to find ways to cut corners somewhere. At home, the idea of being economical is a dream, but not necessarily a reality. And while there are essentials in life that we all need, how can we make sure that everything around the home is as economical as possible?
How can you minimise your water bill?
Probably the biggest bane of most people’s lives. Water is essential, but if we are to minimise our outgoings on this, it’s about a double-pronged attack. Firstly, look at your energy bills, how can you save on your water supply? Or sometimes, we have to look at what our bill is, whether you pay it monthly or less frequently, and figure out the best methods. It could be worth getting into the habit, especially if you have a big family, to use the same bowl of water for multiple uses. The way used to be, sharing bathwater was a regular occurrence. And while it’s not suitable for everyone, even if you can do this a couple of times a month, you will see the difference.
In addition to this, get in contact with your water provider. They could provide you with some freebies that can help you save money, such as an eco-friendly showerhead, which saves you water, but still provides that power you needs to wake you up. Also, think about how much warm water you use, because you can add unnecessary costs to your bill by using the water, and then heating it. As well as this, think about the environmental impacts, and if you have plants that need watering, or you want to get into the habit of reusing rainwater, you could invest in poly water tanks that can house the water. Then, all you have to do is use it for your own needs.
Think about the temperature of the home
The more you heat your property, the more energy is required to provide that higher temperature, which, therefore, will cost you more in your energy bills. If you can find ways to get into the habit of living at a lower temperature, for example, washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees, you can save up to £52 a year. As well as this, when you consider the magnitude of heating water, especially in terms of going for baths, a lot of us don’t like the idea of cold water. But when we think back to how our ancestors used to wash, it was, generally, with cold water.
And as unsavoury as this sounds, there is an abundance of health benefits of bathing in cold water. This means that you can get your blood flowing, improve your skin. But also, your body starts to begin heating itself up in a more natural way, rather than you relying on external resources to heat the home. It’s a difficult one to get right because you don’t want to get too cold. However, when you think about the benefits you save, especially by having what they call a “Scottish shower,” it could provide so many benefits to your life.
Making the right investment upfront
As counterintuitive as this sounds, by buying the right appliances, you will save money in the long run. A big problem we all have is getting the funds together. This is where the right mindset certainly comes in handy. Investing in something up front will mean you’ll save a lot more money over time than that investment is worth it. A good example would be double glazing. This helps to insulate your home from the cold, as well as keeping heat out, and reduce your heating bill. As well as this, you could draught-proof your property. We all know that if heat escapes from a property, we’ve got to turn the heating up more to feel the benefit. But by purchasing draught-proofing kits, we can easily prevent this, and save a significant amount every year.
Other appliances you could consider includes a new boiler, roof insulation, and a smart meter. A smart meter is a great way to monitor your energy consumption. A lot of people do it now, and it seems to be working. By looking at how much you’re spending on any given day, you are more conscious of the fact that you could be wasting money. Therefore, you’ll spend within your budget.
Being intuitive with your finances
A smart meter is an excellent way to get into the habit of seeing how much money you spend. When you look at the items around the home that are wasting a lot of money, such as appliances being kept on for no reason, you can begin to be more economical, and this becomes a habit. And when we are looking to live a certain lifestyle, we don’t like the idea that we have to keep track of all our finances. Sometimes we want to throw caution to the wind. And that’s not to say you should spend every single day turning lights off even if you’re leaving the room for 20 seconds or so. But if you can find other ways to cut corners in terms of your life, such as your utility bill, or by swapping to a better provider, it begins to hammer the point home that you could save a lot of money.
Motivation is one of those things that we all need, especially when we have yet another credit card bill where we are only able to pay the minimum balance. Being economical in your home is a combination of the right appliances, but also the right mindset. Understanding how much you spend is crucial to developing a plan to pay off outstanding balances and clear your debt. Being economical in your home helps in so many ways. Case in point, your food. So many of us waste food, and rather than getting into the habit of reusing spares or scraps, we throw them out. We tend to worry about sell-by dates. But there are ways for us to make food go further. Vegetables, for example, can last a bit longer by trimming them appropriately. As well as this, think about batch cooking and freezing meals.
Have a structure in place
If you’ve got it in your head that you need to save money, what you want to be more economical around the house, you’ve got to have a plan to follow. It’s all well and good having the right things in place, but you need to start developing a certain structure. This can help you to be aware of how much money you’re spending, either by preparing meals, or having a menu, so you don’t feel that temptation to get a takeaway. Preparing meals and freezing them is a great example. A lot of things can be frozen now, and so, by getting a spare chest freezer, we can store items in bulk, take them out, and you’ve got a meal. This means that there is less temptation to go for fast food, but also, the meals are incredibly nutritious.
It’s not just about buying cheaper brands, but it’s about ensuring that you are making everything go as far as you possibly can. Meal plans are the tip of the iceberg. Because if there are other things you do that create and necessary expenses down the line, think about what you can do to cut back on them. For example, driving your car everywhere is appointments expense, especially if you can walk somewhere. It’s always best to have a goal in mind. If you want to save for a holiday, or there is something you want to buy, putting money towards it and seeing it accumulate by the sacrifices that, not just you, but everybody in the house is making, will help to reinforce that goal.
The big problem that we have nowadays is that we have no idea how much money we are wasting. We need to wake up to this fact. Because we have an abundance of credit cards, standing orders, and everything is so easy to pay for now have contactless, economical is not an easy mindset to attain. This means that we’ve got to start where it counts, at home. Consider this a general action plan for you to examine parts of your life that may be costing you an arm and a leg. They say charity begins at home, and this is why it is the best place to start.
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