Ways to Save Money
1. Review your car insurance policy with your broker, consider visiting an Independent Insurance Agency for competitive quotes.
2. TELEVISION, Hi-Fi & Radio
Turn off the TELEVISION or video and hi-fi instead of leaving it on standby. Always use the television’s on/off switch. Leaving the television on standby wastes energy.
Microwave ovens lower cooking time by 15% to 20% and save energy. When boiling veggies, utilize just enough water to keep them covered. Utilize a container kettle that has a water level gauge to ensure you just warm the quantity of water you require. Cover saucepans with lids whenever possible to decrease the cooking time.
4. House Laundry & Dishwashers
Save electricity by utilizing old-fashioned clothesline for clothes drying. Prevent drying clothes on radiators as it lowers the space temperature level, making your boiler work harder. Turn off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes “air dry”. Don’t utilize dishwasher or laundry equipment until you have a complete load.
5. Fridges & Fridge Freezers
Ensure your fridge and freezer door seals are airtight. Let hot foods cool before putting them in the fridge. Defrost fridge regularly – when about 1/4 inch of ice has actually formed. Put your refrigerator in the coolest part of the kitchen – far from cookers, heating units and from direct sunlight.
Shut off electrical water heater when going away for holidays or weekends. Turn your heating down instead of opening a window to lower the space temperature level. Never cover radiators with curtains or furnishings as this minimizes their efficiency and wastes valuable heat. When going on long vacations, keep in mind to change your water heating off.
7. Work Tools
Usage hand tools in your workshop instead of power tools.
When shopping for new devices, inquire about energy-efficient designs. Buy devices on the basis of cost plus operating expense, not rate alone. Limitation using devices that use over 1,000 watts. Keep appliances tidy and in excellent working order. They’ll utilize less energy.
Inspect all energy bills closely. Mistakes can be costly.
10. Insulation & Cooling
Insulating your attic will minimize running cooling (also heating). If your walls appropriate, cavity wall insulation will substantially minimize heat loss. Keep air conditioning condenser shaded from sun or on north side of home. Shut off cooling when no one is home.
11. Lighting & Light Bulbs
Set up low energy light bulbs in rooms you utilize frequently– they last approximately 15 times longer than a regular light bulb and provide the same lighting for a quarter of the running expense. Shut off the lights when you leave a room for a long period and do not use several light bulbs where one will get the job done. Teach all member of the family to switch off lights when leaving a space.