It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking about the big expenses that are coming up. Budgeting and making a few small changes around your home can save you a surprising amount of money.
Great insulation will give you a significant saving on your heating bill and keep your house cool in the summer and warm in winter. Almost 45% of your home’s energy bills come from cooling and heating your house.
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Have a full clear out of your wardrobe. Separate it into piles of “keep”, “charity shop” and “eBay”. Labels and quirky items are eBay friendly - take well-lit pictures of them, with zero background clutter, for the best selling price.
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Staying in the bedroom for the moment, a good duvet is a budgeting essential. Investing in both a summer-appropriate duvet, and a thick winter one. This way, you’ll avoid cranking up your heating in winter, and your air-con in summer.
Brand-name cleaning products are usually overpriced. Apart from the obvious solution of trying supermarket own-brand products, here are a few ideas for bargain bathroom cleaning.
1. Squeegee shower walls and doors after you shower.
2. Blast mildew with a solution of 10 parts water and 1 part bleach, applied with a soft-bristle brush. This mild solution won’t create a strong smell in the way that neat bleach does.
3. Cleaning pipes easier than you would think . Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain and give it a ½ a cup of white vinegar chaser. This mixture will foam up, if you let it work for a few minutes it will dissolve any gunk. Once you’ve left it for a little while simply rise through with very hot water.
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4. Finally, showerheads can start looking a bit grim when they’re clogged with mineral deposits. To get them looking like new, simply fill a plastic bag with undiluted white vinegar and submerge the shower head in it. Secure with a rubber band and soak overnight, then scrub with an old toothbrush in the morning.
Living rooms are often main areas of clutter, and clearing it will make an obvious improvement to the look and feel of your home. Check through books and DVDs to see if you can sell anything on eBay or Amazon to raise some cash and make space.
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Also, switch things off – appliances on standby can use as much as 60% of the electricity they use when fully switched on.
Get started today and have a clearer house and a healthier bank balance.