The cost of living is going up everywhere and it feels like we are being squeezed from all directions. Residents in the UK are facing electricity increases of 54% with people choosing to heat or eat.
Here are 10 slightly unusual ways you can save a little bit more on your electricity bill
* Cook with lids on your saucepans. If you do this you might not need to use the exhaust fan. I've tried this and it works.
* Ditch the electric clock radio and use a battery operated one. If you need an alarm, use your phone for this function.
* Use solar garden lights as night lights, to light a dinner table or to give enough light to safely move around a room.
* Use a timer to cook rice and pasta. Don't rely on your memory. You might get side tracked with other cooking tasks.
* Wash your clothes on the quick cycle function on the washing machine. Generally this is only for small loads but sometimes you can't wait until the machine is full ( especially if the clothes are wet or smelly ). The quick wash on my machine is 20 minutes. The next quickest cycle is 47 minutes. Some loads go for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
* Use the quick wash cycle on your dishwasher. Mine goes for 30 minutes and washes the dishes really well. If you do have baked on food then either soak before washing or handwash.
* Don't leave your front porch light on automatic ( or on at all if you are not expecting anyone ). It uses power even when it's idle and trees blowing in the wind can also activate it.
* Unplug the drinks fridge. Give your regular fridge a good clean out and store your drinks in there. If you have too many drinks on hand, only refrigerate a few at a time.
* Unplug / turn off your doorbell at night. No one wants to be disturbed when sleeping.
* When going on holidays, turn off everything at the wall except the fridge and freezer. I go around our home and systematically turn everything off in each room.
|Old school clocks|
|Use the quick wash cycle|