6 Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Home

by sarah on April 14, 2015

With how much the average person relies on electronics, it’s common to see utility bills skyrocket at any given time of the year. Heaters blast in the winter to try to keep multiple levels of a home warm and cozy. In the summer, the air conditioner is constantly on full blast. Here are seven easy ways that you can save money in your home at any time of the year.

Unplug Electronics and Turn Off the Lights

You might think that since your cell phone or laptop is fully charged and not turned on, you can leave it plugged in with no repercussions. The general rule of thumb is that if the electronic has any indicator light on it, it is using electricity. When you’re not using or charging them, unplug your electronics to keep them from siphoning up energy.

Likewise, if you’re not in a room, turn off the light. Don’t forget to also turn off your porch lights by a certain time. If this is difficult to maintain, consider investing in a timer. Turning off unnecessary lights could end up saving you hundreds of dollars in electricity every year.

Use Fans

Your air conditioner isn’t the only option you have to keep yourself cool during the summer. You can invest in ceiling fans, window fans, and even tower fans to keep air flowing throughout the rooms of your home. Some ceiling fans may also have reverse switches, which can help to maintain warmer temperatures in the colder months of the year.

If you really don’t want to give up your air conditioning, use your fan to help circulate the cool air being produced. Often times, the cool air becomes trapped in certain parts of the room. Using a ceiling or tower fan can help spread the cool air through the room or house. Then, you can raise your thermostat slightly higher. Don’t forget, for every single degree you adjust upward, you’re cutting your cooling costs by 6-11%!

Cool or Heat Your Home Only When You’re Home

Many homeowners leave their heater or air conditioner on even when they’re at work or on vacation. If your system is programmable, adjust it to turn on only when you’re home. Otherwise you’ll have to rely on yourself to shut it off when you leave your house. If your systems are programmable, then program them to shut off after you leave and turn on just before you get home.

 Consider Air Drying Your Clothes

 With the summer months fast approaching, it’s an ideal time to invest in a clothesline or rack. This practice (common in many parts of Europe) utilizes the natural heat of the day to dry your clothes. As a result, you save money by subbing-out your clothes dryer. Plus, your clothes end up smelling naturally fresh.

Invest in a Slow Cooker

Using the oven or stove heats things up in your home exponentially. If you’re looking to beat the heat, use a slow cooker more often to prepare your meals. This should help the temperature remain at more comfortable levels.

Use Your Oven at Night

If you must use your oven or another heat-generating appliance, try to only use it at night if it’s too hot during the day. This practice should hopefully keep the temperature bearable. You’re kitchen will also cool down faster when you turn it off.

Be Wise

These tips are relatively easy to follow and should be manageable despite busy work schedules. Practicing these suggestions on a daily basis will also help you develop good, energy-saving habits.

Don’t forget to keep track of your energy bills from month to month. You’ll be able to see a decrease in cost and will hopefully be managing a more comfortable home.

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Tips for Choosing the Ideal Home Taps

by Alison on March 25, 2015

Tips for Choosing the Ideal Home Taps

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When it comes down to choosing the right tapware, there is no short of choice to fit within our budget. From the classic compression taps which use two different taps for hot and cold water, to the different types of mixer taps which use the one tap controlled by one or two handles; we can decide which kind of tap will fit our different rooms and their various plumbing requirements.

Where do we need taps?

The two rooms in our house which will need a tap are our bathroom and our kitchen. Some bedrooms might also have some form of tapware, but that is mainly the case for bigger shared accommodation with en-suite features.

The right tap for the kitchen.

Kitchen taps often require more extreme water temperatures so having dedicated taps to both hot and cold water is a better bet. Compression taps will therefore be the right choice for the kitchen, providing a hot water tap for the washing and a cold water tap for water drinking.

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The right tap for the bathroom.

Bathrooms require a more subtle control over water temperature as the water will come into contact with our skin. Mixer taps which offer the one tap will enable us to find the right compromise between hot and cold water, so we can have warm water for our daily washing needs. Mixer taps will also be the right choice for our en-suite bedroom taps.

 

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Finding the right tap.

Home DIY stores are the best places to find the right taps. Even looking online, we can find great tapware from ABL tile and bathroom centre. By looking at online catalogues and visiting showrooms, we realise the diversity of available taps out there in terms of design, functionality and budget.

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