Household bills are a necessary evil, but they needn’t be a burden. Here are some simple ways of saving on your annual bills.
Make small changes to your grocery shop.
There’s a misconception that healthy eating is pricier than purchasing pre-prepared foods, but it is possible for your family to eat well on a budget.
Asda has introduced a ‘wonky vegetable’ box to reduce food waste, offering veggies which would otherwise be discarded at a fraction of the original price.
Tesco, meanwhile, offer its ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ range. Buy a punnet of equally tasty strawberries for £1.29 instead of their flawless £2 counterparts.
Instead of buying a bag of pre-cut and par-fried chips which are covered in chemicals, get the whole family involved by slicing your own potatoes and seasoning with herbs and spices.
Make small changes to your electricity use.
Change your wash from 40 degrees to 30. Turn your thermostat down by just one degree. Switch to energy saving light bulbs. Save baths for special occasions.
Spend time researching the cheapest TV, broadband and phone packages.
And stop leaving things on standby!
Then there are bigger jobs with higher upfront costs. Did you know a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof if the loft is not insulated? A professional tradesman will most likely charge around £300 to install insulation, which in turn will knock a significant amount off your annual energy bill and pay itself off in a couple of years.
Then there are boilers. Although replacing your old boiler with a modern, efficient model will set you back upwards of £2000, it could also cut your energy costs by more than £300 a year.
Reducing your annual bill can be as simple as you want it to be. Not only can you help your family’s health, you can help the environment. Use only what you need, and your bill will reflect it.