Ways to Save Money on Your Home
Buying a new home is an exciting experience but also an expensive one. Redecorating, energy bills, repair work and everything else that you need to take care of all adds up. Nevertheless, there are a number of simple things you can do to cut your household monthly expenses and save yourself some extra pennies to spend on yourself and the family. We’ve put together a list of handy tips that will help you cut your spending on your home.
If you have recently moved into a new home or simply fancy a change but not sure if you can afford to hire a painter or decorator, fear not. Redecorating doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg if you are willing to do it yourself. Dig out your old overalls, free up a weekend and get involved. For those who lack confidence or are unsure on where to start, there are plenty of DIY blogs and videos circulating the internet which will talk you through everything you need to know about redecorating.
DIY doesn’t just apply to painting or wallpapering. Upcycling has become the latest home improvement trend to sweep the western world. However, the process of transforming an old piece of furniture into a stylish, contemporary piece is actually nothing new. This money saving, DIY technique is a great way to redecorate your home on a budget. Head to your local charity shop to find a cheap piece of furniture and buy a cheap pot of paint and you are good to go.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Reducing your energy consumption is an extremely efficient way to save yourself money on your monthly bills. Not only will it help your family, you will also help do your bit for the environment by being more energy efficient. Just a few simple changes can make a big difference to your energy bills. In older properties, it is essential that you get your insulation checked to ensure it is working properly. Poor insulation in your loft and walls will inevitably leak energy, costing you money. If you do need your insulation changed, there are a number of government schemes in place which will contribute to the cost of replacing your insulation.
As well as updating your insulation, ensuring your boiler and heating system are working properly is essential. Older or faulty boilers and radiators are more likely to be leaking heat unnecessary. Technological advances over the last decade mean that there are now a number of innovative ways to save energy via heating systems. Companies like Trade Radiators now supply customers with a range of energy saving radiators by using alternative materials to steel to preserve heat. Fitting a thermostat which controls the heat of the room automatically is also advisable.
If you are serious about reducing your energy consumption, consider installing at least double glazed windows, if not triple. Not only will it keep heat in, they also keep noise out. Designed to maintain an interior temperature of 21 degrees, triple glazing is an incredibly efficient method of conserving heat.