As gas and electricity bills continue to spiral, families around the UK are having to rein in their spending even more. Finding ways to save can sometimes feel like a fool’s errand when the cost of living is so high, but in fact there are lots of small ways to change your lifestyle that can add up to a big saving. Read on as we share our top tips with you.
Although it can seem hard to cut down on your bills substantially, there are several little ways to help keep them in check. The first step is to ensure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you.
If you choose to have water and electricity meters installed this can make it easier to ensure that you get accurate readings and avoid overpaying estimated bills, but even carrying out your own regular meter readings would help streamline your outgoings. Do your research before you begin – it can be really useful to search online and see your energy bills explained in detail. For example, you may only wish to consider a water meter if there are more bedrooms in your home than people.
To help reduce your energy usage, swap baths for showers, wash up using a bowl, turn the tap off whilst you brush your teeth, turn off any appliances left on ‘standby’, only boil what you need when using the kettle and switch off lights in empty rooms. Also make sure you draught proof your house by filling any gaps in the flooring or skirting using silicone sealant and placing draught excluders by your doors.
Food is a great area to save money. Rather than buying expensive chicken fillets, buy meat and stock up on fresh vegetables at your local market. Not only is this a great way to get more greens into your family’s diet, but it’s also much cheaper, easing the pressure on your finances. Furthermore, investing in a device such as a steamer is a great way to cut costs by removing your oven from the cooking process.
Use your spare time wisely by cooking several meals at once and then popping them in Tupperware containers and in to the freezer. This will save you time throughout the week and ensure you don’t use energy to cook every day.
Since takeaways can sap your savings in seconds, swap them for fun homemade pizza and give the little ones the opportunity to get their hands dirty making dough from scratch. Making a smiley face pizza is a sure fire way to cheer up the whole family.