Many of us feel the pinch at the end of the month. Spring is synonymous with cleaning, but it can also be a great time to get your finances in order. If you’re struggling with bills, or you’d like more disposable income, here are some savvy tips to help you save this spring.
Use An Energy Usage Monitor
Energy usage monitors are often provided by energy companies free of charge. They enable you to see how much energy you are using at any given time. If the figure is higher than normal, this may mean that you’ve left something running, or you’ve not switched the lights off. Using a monitor makes you more conscious of your usage and will save you money in the long-run.
You can also cut bills by signing up to schemes run by no deposit electric companies. A prepaid meter with no deposit enables you to start using electricity immediately with no contracts or deposits to worry about. You can also keep an eye on your energy consumption, which will reduce costs significantly.
Get Energy Efficient
If you haven’t already taken steps to make your home more energy-efficient, now is a good time to start. Swap traditional bulbs for energy-saving bulbs and investigate insulation to reduce heating costs. Now that the days are lighter and longer, make use of natural light and only use lamps and ceiling lights in the evenings. If you need to upgrade or replace appliances, look out for energy smart devices.
Are you guilty of leaving lights on or putting the dishwasher on when it’s only half full? Take some steps to save energy at home and you’ll soon reap the financial rewards. Always make sure you switch lights off when you leave the room. Do your washing when you’ve got a full load. Use the sunshine to dry your clothes instead of a tumble dryer. Turn off the taps when you’re brushing your teeth. These changes may not seem that significant, but they can make a big difference to your bills. On cold days, shut windows and doors to keep the heat in. Use a draft excluder to retain heat.
Switch Energy Provider
Have you been with the same energy provider for years? If so, it may be time to do some research and compare deals with other companies. Some providers offer incentives for new customers, and you may find that you can save a massive amount of money by making the change. Have a thorough look through your contract and look at unit prices. Sometimes it’s cheaper to use energy at different times of the day. If this is the case, consider doing your clothes washing and putting the dishwasher on at off-peak times.
If you’re sick of bills, there are some ways to reduce costs and save money this spring. Follow these simple hacks to free up more of your income and make your life more energy-efficient. You’ll be amazed at the difference just a few small changes can make.