You may have seen a lot recently about saving energy in order to save the environment, and whether you’re a believer in human-caused global warming or not, you should understand that saving energy can only benefit you in the long run. The more water, electricity and gas you save, the less you’ll ultimately have to pay for your utilities. This is a direct benefit to you and something which you should strive to do in all areas of your home as the more energy you’re able to save, the more money you’ll have in your pocket.
The average toilet uses 7.5 litres of water each time you flush it, meaning that you’re spending around 2.6p each time you flush. This adds up to an average of £130 each year, which is not an amount to sniff at. If you can, fit a ‘brick’ or float into your cistern to limit the amount of water used each time you pull the chain, and only flush when absolutely necessary. Fitting aerators to your taps can reduce the amount of water that comes out. Showers take up less water than baths, but the volume used can add up quickly if you’re not careful.
Gas is generally cheaper than electric when it comes to cooking appliances. On average, electric cookers cost 44p an hour whereas gas ones cost just 12p per hour. This is a big difference, and could shave a lot off your utility bills throughout the year. If you’re going to put the oven on, it’s useful to use it to its fullest potential, so cook as much as you can and then store or freeze the leftovers for use at a later date.
When it comes to washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers, you should make extra sure that you’re only turning them on if you have a full load. If you can, get rid of your tumble drier completely and dry your clothes outside or in a utility room if you can.
Your car can be a huge money drain if not used efficiently, so always make sure that your tyres are properly inflated and that you aren’t carrying a lot of extra weight in your vehicle. Use the internet to find the cheapest fuel in your area, and if you’re driving in cold weather then make sure that you don’t accelerate or brake too sharply to conserve the fuel while your engine warms up.
The roof and the walls of your house are where most of the heat is lost, and can be really bad for draining money out of your home. Ensuring that you have plenty of insulation in each is important and may not be too expensive as long as you have cavity rather than solid walls. Roof insulation is relatively cheap and can be easily installed yourself. Having insulation in your attic can reduce the heat loss by up to 94%, which can save you an amazing £170 each year.
This article has been written by Coral Pearce-Mariner on behalf of Same Day Guarantor Loans a guarantor loans provider based in Norwich.