Living on your own can be expensive if you don’t budget your money. Here are some suggestions for making your money go further. The Citizens Advice Bureau may also be able to give you more advice on budgeting.
Top 10 Energy Saving Tips
- Switch off lights in empty rooms.
- Close curtains at dusk.
- Set thermostats correctly (hot water around 60-65°C, room thermostats between 18-21°C).
If you turn your thermostat down by 1°C – this can save you as much as £60 per year! This may be the oldest trick in the book but it’s also one of the best, and after a week you won’t even notice the difference!
- Turn electrical appliances off rather than leaving them on standby.
- Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need each time you boil it.
- Cook with lids on pans and match ring size to saucepan size.
- Avoid placing furniture in front of radiators.
- Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine and use a lower washing temperature. Just remember lower temperatures work for almost anything except stained clothes, underwear and bed sheets.
- Use a shower instead of a bath where possible.
Turn the pressure down on the power shower, you’d be surprised how much water they use- sometimes even more than a bath. Power showers are luxuries for a reason in that they cost a lot.
- Tumble dryers cost a lot to run. Dry clothes outside, or on a clothes rail for free. Remember to open a window when drying clothes inside to stop condensation building up.
Fridges & Freezers Tips
- Make sure there is plenty of space for air to flow around the back and top of your fridge freezer.
- Keep the cooling fins at the back of the appliance clean and free from dust.
- Put the appliance in a cool place away from direct sunlight and the cooker or boiler.
- Check the inside temperature with a fridge thermometer (around £2 from any homeware shop) to make sure the fridge is the right temperature.
- Use the fridge/freezer thermostat to keep the temperature right: the higher the setting the cooler the temperature.
- Don’t put warm or hot items into a fridge/freezer. Let them cool down first.
- Keep the fridge/freezer door shut to stop cold air escaping and warm air getting in. Replace damaged door seals, as they let the heat in.
- Defrost regularly – the more ice the more electricity is needed to keep the appliance cool.
- Switch off lights when they are not needed.
- Use the lowest wattage light bulb that gives the light you need.
- Make use of daylight. Keep windows clean and furniture away from windows.
- Install energy saving light bulbs in lights used for three or more hours a day, including those kept on for security purposes and outside lights on at night.