The nights are longer, and colder, and we can all see the energy bills creeping up and up.
So what can we do to help save energy ?
Insulation is often the best way and it doesn’t need major house restructuring or cost. There are very simple little things we can do everyday to keep the chill out of our homes.
We have heavier curtains up over the winter (or detachable thermal linings for existing ones) It certainly stops the chilly draught coming through. And remember to have curtains at the doors as well, stops the cold air and gives the effect of a cosy hide away – and sometimes the mental image is as important as the physical change. After all if you feel the space is cosy you’ll be less likely to reach for the heating switch!
I thought I’d ask some other bloggers, how to save water or energy and this is what they sent me!
Jayne from Mums the Word suggested only boiling enough water for the hot drink you want rather than a whole kettle full. Think of the extra electricity you’re using for no reason!
Aly from Bug Bird Bee suggests making a flask of tea of coffee first thing to keep you going throughout the day. boiling the kettle once has got to be cheaper than multiple times after all.
Cat from Cats Yellow Days has a great and cheaper alternative to wall insulation. Heat reflective boards behind your radiators will stop you losing expensive heat out of the wall and reflect it back towards you, so the thermostat can probably be turned down.
Laura who is Tired mummy of two has a water saving device in the toilet cistern. Reduces the amount you flush with every time, saves your money and the saves the environment!
Donna from Mummy Central saves up to £80 a year by ensuring everything is turned off at the plug when not in use, instead of leaving it on standby. That;s a fair amount – I’ll be following her good example!
And Tanya from Mummy Barrow suggests a similar move. Don’t charge your phone by our bed over night – it does’t need 8 hours of electricity! I have to admit to be being guilty of this so will be changing my habits!
And Emma from Emma and 3 has a water butt in the garden and uses the collected rain water for watering the plants and washing the car. And lets face it in this country you’re unlikely to ever run out of it!
So there we are so simple, inexpensive ways of saving yourself money and a few little steps to helping the environment.
What are your top tips?
This post is in collaboration with www.happier-homes.co.uk
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