Here we are in the middle of June and, along with the premise of dodgy tan lines and excessive sangria consumption, the holiday season is fast approaching. HOORAY.
With hotels, flights and overseas spending to save for, my friends and I have been talking a lot about smart holiday spending (see my post on How To Get Cheaper Flights)
But there’s one question that not many people consider and that’s how to save money whilst ON holiday. Don’t miss a trick here – there’s plenty of small changes you can make now to save yourself some money while in the house AND away from it.
It’s not rocket science but it’s stuff that we never really do because a) we can’t be bothered or b) we don’t understand just how much of an impact it can have. For me, it’s a little bit.. mainly.. always a)
But then I thought about the real impact of it all and now I do it every day, saving myself probably about £100 just by making some small changes. And you could do them too!
The crux of it is simple: don’t pay for energy that you’re not using when at home, and especially when on holiday. Voiilaa
Here’s some examples of what I mean:
Inspect Your Gadget.
Did you know that chargers which are plugged into the wall but not into your phone still use a little bit of electricity? This is quite a common one and I know the electricity use is minimal but think about this amount – and times it by each gadget you can think of in your house.
The kettle, the toaster, the laptop charger, the DVD player, the TV, the Sky box, the hairdryer ….. every single electrical appliance which is plugged in and not being used is still using a tiny bit of energy whilst just being on standby.
And it all adds up!
The answer? Turn it off at the plug. Take the plug out of the extension lead.
Doing this can apparently save the average household up to £80 per year.
Every Degree Counts.
It’s a lot warmer now (thankfully) so this means you need to adjust your heating! Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees to save money. Check out this quote from The Energy Saving Trust.
Turning down the thermostat by one degree could save £75 and 310kg carbon dioxide a year.
And the same applies to your fridge, put it on a slightly warmer setting and if you’re going on holiday, turn the fridge off altogether!
Did you know fridges are more efficient when full? This is because the temperature is retained by the items inside. Before you start thinking of adding more cheese and steak to your shopping list, there’s no need – just put water containers in there!
Right – let’s apply what we’ve just learnt.
- Unplug everything that you won’t be using.
- Turn the fridge off, or if you have some stuff in it, chuck some water bottles in there and turn it up.
- Turn the thermostat right down, especially in summer.
- Make sure that the boiler doesn’t heat water throughout the day when you’re not there.
- Use timers if you want to keep a light on or if you want certain things to be on a specific times *cough Sky box recording of Game of Thrones*
A little change today can make a huge difference in the future. Do you do any of these? What else can you think of?!
By Zoe Dubs