Hello Dear Reader,
Tonight, I’m welcoming you into my home to see how I save money. I’ve been doing this for years; it’s a constant struggle against the rising cost of living and every year, I have to use less, just to pay the same. We buy less food, but our bill is still the same. We use less energy and our bill is just the same. I’ll start with laundry. Our washing machine is AAA rated and uses the least water, soap and electricity, well it was when I bought it. It has probably been superseded by a more efficient machine but it’s a Bosch and will last me ten years, so it will have to do. We don’t own a tumble drier and I watch the weather, any break in the weather, with a bit of a breeze and I can get the ‘worst of it’ dried outside. I’ll then dry it on racks in the house. I use the winter sun through the large picture windows. You may ask if this causes damp or mould. Yes it does and I clean it up all the time so it doesn’t have a chance to harm me. Also, we open the windows every day and ventilate the house as much as we can. Laundry only gets washed when it’s dirty. It gets sniffed, worn again, and worn again. Jumpers, jackets ect. can go weeks and weeks. They get aired, spot cleaned and they are fine. Towels get hung over the banister and washed at the end of the week. We just have a feel of them and take the driest one!
I always keep a flask by the kettle. If I boil too much water, it gets popped into the flask. When I wash up, I add that to the bowl or if I want a coffee, which doesn’t have to be boiling (unlike tea, which must be freshly drawn and freshly boiled), then I’ll use the water from the flask. It’s a little thing, but it saves on water and energy. If it’s just me, then I measure one cup of water into the kettle. I’m always careful.
I also watch my electricity consumption. Halogen lights in the kitchen eat electricity so I had Dearly Beloved fit low energy bulb fittings under the work top. We also have spot lights in the hall way, we don’t use them! We have an eco bulb in the upstairs hall way, which lights our way. The toaster, oven, shower, kettle use huge amounts of energy, as does the washing machine and the dishwasher. We are very careful with those. When we have enough daylight, we can use a solar charger to charge batteries and run some small appliances off them, such as camera and phone charger. I also have a battery run light. They are small savings and seem inconsequential but they all add up.
Well Dear Reader, what do you watch like a hawk? What have you got your beady eye on? Do you run a tight ship with a careful budget? Or do you need to?