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Quitting the Waste – Cutting Back on Bills that Shouldn’t Be There


Household energy bills are one of the biggest expenditures that most families have. They mount up to different amounts during different months, depending on factors such as the weather, how much time you’re spending in the house, who you’ve got living with you and what you need to use the most.

 

For example, during the winter months you’re more likely to use gas or electricity for heating your home than during the summer months, and during the summer months you’re more likely to be using up more water for doing things like washing your car, watering the garden or filling up pools – which you certainly wouldn’t be doing during the winter. It may feel like you are paying through the nose during the months when you are using more,  but it may be because you’re not utilising what you’ve already got correctly and efficiently.

Heating

 

There are many ways to preserve the heat inside your home to stop you from heading over to your thermostat every time you feel a slight chill. The most logical thing to do would be to put on layers and use blankets wherever possible, and this is certainly the best money-saving option that you’ve got. If this doesn’t float your boat or you have children to worry about, you could consult some energy efficiency experts about the best way to keep the warmth in; this would usually include checking your windows and doors to make sure that they are completely draft-free and thick enough to release the heat energy at a slower pace as the one it would be escaping from your home beforehand. It can be quite a costly process to start out with, but it’ll be worth it when you tot up how much you’re saving on other bills over the years.

Water
It can be hard to control how much water you’re using, especially if you’re on a meter billing rather than being charged a quarterly or annual statement; you never know exactly how much you’re going to have to spend from month to month. There are the traditional tips like taking a quick shower instead of a bath, only flushing the toilet when you’ve doing anything other than urinate and avoiding putting sprinklers on for longer than necessary when watering your lawn (if you have to water your lawn at all). However, there are some things that we aren’t really taking into consideration fully – such as the fact that it uses more water to wash dishes by hand than with a dishwasher. There are other things that you can do, like filling up the kettle and boiling that to use for anything you need with hot water that requires you to run the tap for longer than necessary to achieve the required temperature, as well as taking it the other way entirely and filling up bottles to put in the fridge to cool rather than running the tap for a while to get to optimum cool drinking temperature. It may only seem like a little bit that you’re wasting when you’re doing it, but it all adds up to quite a sizeable sum when you’re finished.


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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