Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Super Fast, Money Saving Upgrades For A Greener Home

I don’t know how much you guys are interested in the environment and green issues. But, even if you think it’s all a big conspiracy theory, there is a very good reason to try a greener lifestyle. It saves you a lot of money!

So, if you are feeling the pinch a little and don’t have enough money at the end of the month, read on. I’ve pulled together some great tips from around the web which will free up some money for you - and help save the planet!

And, by the end of the month, maybe you can afford those new additions to your wardrobe after all!

Switch your energy supplier

Your first step is an easy one. Just go online and find a comparison service to check your electricity rates against others. Put in your details of how much gas and electric you use every month, and choose the best deal going. All utility companies offer little sweeteners for new customers, and you can lock in prices, too. Your monthly bills will go down, and when your current deal ends, you can just find another one.

Change your lightbulbs

Have you started using CFL light bulbs yet? It wouldn’t surprise me if you hadn’t - they are more expensive to buy in the shops, after all. But, they last years longer than standard light bulbs. One thing to remember, though, is that they need to be properly recycled because they contain a small amount of mercury.

Program your thermostat

Get a thermostat for your home heating system and you will find you are shaving double figures off your monthly energy bills. A programmable thermostat helps you get better control over your heating, and you can fine-tune it to your needs. That means you can stay warm when you need to, but it will turn off automatically when you don’t.

Reduce your water temperature

Be honest - how hot is your water? If you like it close to scalding, then it‘s a wise idea to drop the temperature by a few degrees. Don’t worry about germs too much.  According to this scientific report, there isn’t much evidence to suggest that hot water kills off more bacteria than cold water. It’s more to do with how well you scrub your hands, more than anything else.

Insulate your pipes

Another quick and easy way of saving money on your heating is to insulate your water tanks and pipes. It will help them retain heat and stop it from escaping into the ether. The $10 or $15 you save will be made back over the space of a couple of months during colder periods.

Stop bathing, have a shower

Nobody likes having a long and luxurious soak in the bath more than me. But, it comes at a cost. Showers use less hot water, so are far cheaper. Cut back on the baths and only take them on special occasions - you will save a lot of money over the course of a year. They are a modern luxury, after all - it’s sometimes easy to forget that.

Well, there you have it! I hope you have enjoyed reading and have had some ideas to save money on energy around the home. Let me know what you are planning to spend your surplus on!