The following is a guest post on behalf of Money Supermarket on how to reduce energy costs
Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, fat or skinny, saving money in and around the home is bound to be of at least some interest to you. Even starting with things like home contents insurance, car insurance and gas and electricity bills, you could be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save.
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Making a conscious effort every day in every room in the house can massively reduce your overall expenditure. The following suggestions might seem a little insignificant on an individual level but, trust me, if they are repeated collectively on a daily basis, then they will bring a rare smile to your face on the day your bills come through the door.
How To Reduce Energy Costs
How To Reduce Energy Costs In The Kitchen
People tend to overuse energy extensively in the kitchen, so there is always room for big savings here. When you’re cooking, preheat the oven for ten minutes instead of twenty. Boil just the right amount of water when you use the kettle (this saves you time as well as money, since you won’t be stood around waiting for that excess water to boil!). Allowing yourself smaller portions at mealtimes is always going to save you money, too, because you’ll obviously have to go shopping less often.
Furthermore, some of the healthiest meals, like salads, are often cold meals, which means that you won’t have to use excess energy and spend extra money to heat them up. Meals that are ready to eat straight from the refrigerator will save you a few cents here and there if you eat them on a regular basis.
Reduce Energy Consumption In The Bathroom
Elsewhere in the house, taking shorter showers and shallower baths will keep unnecessary expenses at bay. It also helps to ask yourself if it is really necessary to flush the toilet every time you visit the bathroom. Moreover, turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth can also be a great money-saver.
Save Energy In The Bedroom
The bedroom might not be the room in which you spend most on your energy bills, but nevertheless, some good savings can still be made. The best technique is to try to read by candlelight instead of lamplight if, of course, your vision allows. If your children play video games before bed, give them a motivating factor of some sort to play them less often or, at the very least, unplug them as soon as they have finished using them.
As for the rest of the house, flicking the lights off every time you leave a room will go further than you might think. In these hard-pressed times, every single energy-saving exploit is a money-saving exploit, so if you want more cash to spend on your health-saving exploits, cut back wherever and whenever you can – it pays off in the long run!
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