Tigerlilly Quinn: Five ways to save money (and energy) at home

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Five ways to save money (and energy) at home

This is a collaborative post

Making sure that any household budget covers the basics is important for everybody, but for people who have more specialised individual needs and requirements it can be an even greater priority.



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Fortunately energy providers are actively helping all their customers to understand bills and make savings wherever possible. Energy tariffs such as the new “Nest Intelligent Thermostat” tariff fromnpower are powerful tools that can help you save money and the environment by cutting back on energy usage.

Here are five practical ways you can make a difference in your own home.



1. Remain temperate

Turning down your thermostat or manual radiator valve by just one degree could save you money on your energy bills but this isn’t the only way it can be used to make your home more efficient. New devices, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, are revolutionising the way we control and regulate the temperature of our homes. It is a new type of heating programmer and thermostat which programs itself and can also be controlled remotely with a smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

As part of its working process it finds a temperature that is energy efficient for your central heating system and domestic environment, thus saving energy and costing you less money. You can find out more about the thermostat and its associated tariff on npower on their website.

2. Don’t stand by

Standby mode is something we all take for granted but it still uses power to keep a device switched on ready for when you want to use it again. Games consoles, TVs and entertainment systems, microwaves, coffee makers and kitchen appliances - all of these items cost you money on wasted energy if you don't turn them off.

3. Bathe in savings

Many people like the convenience of a shower over a bath because it suits our modern busy lifestyles – but it’s also a great way to save energy and water. As you’ll use less water than in a bath, you’ll spend less money heating it up and this translates to numerous savings in your home.

You may also want to consider installing an electric shower which heats cold water from your system itself to deliver the perfect temperature – something which may be more energy efficient that having to heat the water in your boiler to power your shower for just a few minutes every morning.

4. Keep it under wraps

Everyone knows that a badly insulated home will mean heating systems are less efficient and waste money. It's obvious that leaving outside doors or windows open in cold weather lets the heat out, but many people ignore the fact that badly insulated walls or having no loft insulation is just as bad.

Most insulation processes aren't disruptive and don't require redecoration or any other extra expense. Older homes can be especially prone to losing heat and benefit most from new insulation and you may even be able to get governmental help to finance energy-saving home improvements like these.

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5. Don’t overdo it

Everybody is different and each home will have individual requirements where energy is concerned so creating a personalised schedule can adapt energy use to match the way you live your life. For instance, the Nest Learning Thermostat mentioned at the start of this article notices when you're away from home and automatically turns itself down so you don’t waste energy. This allows your home to adapt to the current situation to remain as eco-friendly as possible and requires little or no user input from you.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to work out how much energy you use – from smartphone apps to online tools. Whichever you opt for, the ability to identify patterns in your energy consumption makes it far easier to work out how you make significant savings and benefit the environment.

68 comments:

mummydaddyme said...

Funnily enough I bought some of these just yesterday- I am a big Donna Wilson fan and got my girls a pair of leggings each! x

Sourab said...

Aspire Switch 10

Polly Davies said...

love the prints, though I have to say I'd never spend £10 on one baby vest!

Nadia Pregnolato said...

Acer Liquid E3

Kunac Marija said...

Liquid E3 + switch 10

isabelle smith said...

Acer Liquid E3

Daniel M said...

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I love the bear jumper! x

fritha strickland said...

the girls stuff is so cute!! I love the baby jumpers too, gutted W is too big for them x

fritha strickland said...

that's true..but the jumpers!! x

Yen Morales said...

Aspire S7

The Owl and the Accordion said...

Isn't it the most amazing stuff?! We bought the cat and tree leggings for Daisy and the incredible jazzy jumper for Ben. They're all for Christmas presents, but I fear I'll appreciate them more than they will, ha!

kathrynsharman said...

I thought she just did cushions and animals. These are very cool (and I'm about to come into some John Lewis vouchers soon!) xx

Alex AD said...

Acer Liquid E3 !!

Marceline Judith said...

Acer iconia W7 :)

nicole dziedzic said...

Another Acer product I like is the Iconia W7 Tablet. I could use this when I'm on the go and traveling. I love the features!

Tricia Hope said...

I like the Acer Liquid E3

Alessandra Lora Ronco said...

Acer Liquid E3 http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB...

Elaine R said...

The Aspire E1 Laptop looks perfect.

Massimiliano Maruca said...

Acer Liquid E3

ni said...

Acer Liquid E3

Jim Lipscomb said...

I like the Acer Aspire, and the Switch is dreamy.

DonRobb said...

Aspire TC-603 would be awesome to have

Abigail Fernandez Songco said...

Acer Liquid E3

khim said...

Acer Liquid E3 looks cool

Evgeniya Retskaya said...

Aspire Switch 10

Vasile Pop said...

Acer Liquid | S2 Tablet Phone

meriam said...

Acer Liquid | S2 Tablet Phone

Alex Nikolaidou said...

Liquid S2 is so cute!!

Jen Walshaw said...

I love love love the boys stuff, but just wish it went bigger than aged 8!

Globalmouse said...

Oh I love them - those jumpers are gorgeous.

Twinsplustwo said...

These are really cute - I love John Lewis' children's clothes !

Antonio said...

Iconia A3

emmaand3 said...

Love these I only wish I had a JL closer to home. I have to travel to Cribbs for my fix!

Fex said...

Acer Liquid E3 FTW!

Mellissa Williams said...

How cute are those jumpers, I almost wish I had a little one so I could buy them a jumper like this - do they do adult sizes ? ;)

Milan said...

I like Acer Liquid S2 Tablet Phone

hannah staveley said...

How cute do these tops looks .x

Shellie Clark said...

Iconia W7

Diogo Campos said...

Acer Liquid E3

Jennie Jackson Mse said...

Acer Liquid E3 FTW!

Sylvia Fiolunka said...

Oh how cute!

Foz said...

Those bodysuits are just adorable! Love them!

Sara Cehennemden said...

Aspire V7

Suzanne Cooke said...

I like the look of the Iconia A1

MumReinvented said...

Acer Switch 10

ana georgievska said...

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/liquide3

You Baby Me Mummy said...

I love the clouds vest, so cute x

Emma Smith said...

I love these! I'd love the duck jumper for me let alone the kiddies!

Tava said...

My favourite Acer item is one I already own (my laptop) but I really love the Aspire Switch 10... someday!

David Smith said...

I would like the Aspire S7-392 laptop

allexinnoalexys said...

I like Acer Liquid S2 because have a good camera with a wonderful flash

Lndeang said...

Acer Liquid S2, sure I'll love the E3 too

Stephanie Whitehouse, said...

Liquid S2

Mindy Bel said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
I really like Liquid Gallant E350!

France Irish said...

acer liquid E3

alin_pascaru said...

Acer Liquid E3

kat walsh said...

Liquid S2 looks great

ana georgievska said...

Acer Liquid E3

Miss Ehara's Closet said...

i love Acer Liquid E3 <3

jandoc said...

aspire S7

daisyduck said...

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/series/iconiaw5 The Iconia w5 looks great

cristalfiona said...

I love the Predator G desktop computer!

Jennifer Aguirre said...

love the Acer Liquid E3 Duo
http://store.acer.com/store/aceremea/en_GB/pd/ThemeID.26339800/productID.300536600?utm_source=en_GB_MKTG-HP&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=LiquidE3

Lisa Chappell said...

acer liquid E3 <3

Karin Shaim said...

my favorite item is definitely the acer liquid E3!!

Gill Crawshaw said...

I'm trying to be really restrained and not buy anything for the new baby but cuteness is winning out and I love these! It's small things like patterned vests that make you happy, right? x

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh how cute are these - I literally would buy all four things if I could - I love fun and interesting prints on kids clothes, thanks for sharing


Laura x

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