With the ever rising cost of living, we're all looking for ways to help keep costs down. It may seem very difficult to make or even save money at the moment, so here's a few helpful tips to help save energy and reduce your spending at home.
Drying laundry outdoors
There's no better time than summer to dry your washing outdoors. It uses NO energy so it's better for the environment and your bank balance plus it enhances freshness and is gentle on fabrics compared to tumble drying. Choices in clothes lines and airers have grown over the years so there are plenty to choose from to suit your budget and lifestyle.
Did you know, washing your laundry at 30 degrees saves up to 60% energy? Not only will this save you money on electricity but washing at the lower temperatures will keep your clothes looking good for longer. Modern detergents are designed to work well at low temperatures so let's save money and save the planet at the same time!
There are many changes we can make to our food habits that can save us money. Simply planning your meals can drastically change how much you spend on your food each week.
Here are our top tips!
- Before you do your food shop, make a list of everything you need for breakfast, packed lunches, evening meals etc. Not only will this save you the stress of wondering what to make every day but will reduce the amount of food waste and save you money.
- You can also save a lot of money by growing fruit and vegetables at home, whether you have a lot of outdoor space, an empty windowsill, or something in between. Growing your own is a rewarding and eco-friendly hobby that’s perfect for the whole family. With a bit of knowledge and patience, you can easily grow your own food and enjoy healthy and delicious produce anytime. Our garden centres are full of seasonal seeds to help you plan what to grow and we have a wide range of composts, plant foods and gardening tools and accessories to help you get those green fingers working.
- When grabbing a coffee to go everyday, the pounds can soon mount up! Why not opt for in a vacuum travel mug? These handy mugs keep your drink warm for up to 12 hours and making your own coffee will help save you more money. If you are a coffee connoisseur, you may consider the purchase of a coffee machine. Whilst this may seem like a splurge in the short term, it will save you money in the long run and will help reduce waste from plastic and cardboard takeaway cups.
Be smarter about water
Getting smart on saving water will help to improve the efficiency of your home and garden, reduce your energy bills, help fight climate change and preserve one of our most precious resources. Simple things we can do around the home can put the pounds back in our pockets.
- Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save up to 6 litres of water.
- Typically, a 10-minute shower can use about 9 gallons of water. But if you reduce your shower time by 2-3 minutes, a lot of water and energy needed to heat the water will be saved.
- Fix a dripping tap - A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
- Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
Switch to LED lighting
The major benefit of LED bulbs is that they save more energy and last significantly longer than the old incandescent bulbs. They have great thermal management properties and a well manufactured bulb should last around 50,000 hours compared to an incandescent bulb that could last 1,500 hours. By switching to LED lighting, your energy usage is going to plummet, allowing financial savings that are brilliant for the pocket! With a variety of shapes and sizes available, there's something suitable for all home fixings.
The benefit of blackout curtains and blinds is their ability to reduce your energy costs. In most homes, 10-25% of thermal energy loss is from windows. However, with blackout drapes, your energy bill could be reduced up to 25%. During the winter, blackout products will help keep the heat in the room while in the summer, they have the ability to reflect heat out of the room. Both circumstances ensure that you are saving money on your energy expenses.
Upgrading your old double glazing to more efficient windows and doors
Whilst, it's summer and we're all busy either enjoying the sunshine or complaining about how hot it is (typical British weather hey!?) it's easy to forget about how cold our homes were during the winter months. Upgrading your exisiting double glazing can save you money on your energy bills and improve the overall thermal properties of your home. At Leekes all our double glazing comes with a minimum A+ glass. You can find out more about these savings and get a free no obligation quote by visiting our dedicated Leekes windows website.