With the cost of living spiralling out of control and the cost of bills for many going up, many of us are looking for ways we can cut down on our bills at home.
There are things you can do to cut down your home’s bills, from cutting down your use of certain services, using ingenious ‘life hacks’ or by making changes at home to cut your bills.
Today we’ll be looking at home improvement projects you can undertake in order to save money, reduce your monthly bills and even add extra value to your home.
Installing Solar Panels On Roof
The first project we’re covering in this article is installing solar panels on your property, these solar panels will produce electricity for you to use at home, which will cut down your monthly energy bills by quite a bit and can even earn you money if you sell your excess energy back to the national grid to use elsewhere.
Installing solar panels onto your home can be a costly affair, but over time they will pay for themselves in savings on your electricity bill. On average it takes 10-15 years for solar panels to save enough money to pay for themselves, but with recent increases in the cost of energy, they may end up paying for themselves sooner rather than later, it’s also important to note that solar panels are an increasingly sought-after home feature and can help increase your home’s value.
Swap Curtains For Insulating Blinds
The cost of heating has increased drastically over the past few years for a variety of reasons, if your heating bill is getting expensive you can look at your window shades for a way to help cut down on costs. Many windows aren’t properly insulated, and poorly insulated windows are a hotspot for heat-loss in a home, which will mean your heating needs to be on for longer to maintain heat.
A simple solution to get an all-important extra layer of insulation on your home’s windows is to swap out your curtains for a set of insulating thermal blinds, these thermal blinds are designed to work as an insulating layer helping to minimise heat-loss through the windows in your home.
Upgrade Lighting To Efficient LED Bulbs
Lighting is an area of the home that rarely get’s much consideration, unless you’re doing a large renovation project when they must be considered. This has resulted in many homeowners not taking advantages of modern technology by using old inefficient bulbs without much thought.
By simply swapping out the lightbulbs you use at home for modern and more efficient LED bulbs, you can easily cut your home’s electricity bill as these LED bulbs use a lot less energy compared to other bulbs. LED bulbs also have a much longer lifespan than traditional bulbs, meaning you’ll also save money by needing to replace the bulbs less frequently.
Opt For ‘Low Flow’ Plumbing Rather Than Standard
Another area of the home that doesn’t often get attention unless you’re doing a large remodelling project or something has gone wrong with it, is the plumbing in your home. The taps, shower heads and even toilets that you use at home may be causing you to use too much water, resulting in higher monthly water bills.
If your water bills are eye-wateringly high, you may want to look at ‘low flow’ plumbing options for your taps, showers and toilets. Low flow plumbing restricts how much water flows out of a water source, while still maintaining water pressure, this equates into less water used every time you turn on a tap or flush the toilet, which can save you money on your water and even heating bills each month.