You work hard to provide for your family and yourself. You hope that your efforts will help you to lead a full and quality life.
What do you do when living costs go higher then? Perhaps you’re inclined to way that you just simply work harder to go up the corporate ladder or take up another job on the side so you earn more.
While this idea may be sensible and effective enough, it’s not the only way. You have to be smart about your income and expenses. How? By finding other ways to reduce your costs and trim down your needs so that your money has more spending power.
Where should you begin? It all starts in your home – because it’s where much of your money goes. You pay the bills, property tax, and maintenance costs. You also have the groceries to contend with, among other things.
With all that being said, one of your first steps to trimming your expenses is making your house more energy-efficient. Here are various ways you can reduce energy costs and save more on your bills:
Use or replace appliances and equipment with Energy Star-certified models
Start with those having heating or cooling functions as these consume the most electricity or gas. Changing even just the refrigerator creates a considerable impact on your electric bill. Gradually replace other appliances with those that use fewer resources.
Insulate your walls, windows, and ceilings
Are there cracks or empty spaces in your ceilings and walls? Have them sealed and filled in with material that can keep the chill or the heat out. Consider upgrading your windows to double-glazed ones. Or, have roller shutters installed to insulate your residence better.
Cultivate more plants and trees in your garden
Having tall vegetation near your home helps ease the effects of the elements on your house. Plant them at the side that gets the most warm air or radiation.
Utilize solar energy
Consider installing photovoltaic panels that can gather enough energy to heat your water. You may get a good windfall from this type of project, thanks to the rebates the Australian Government grants to homes having solar panels.
Replace incandescent light fixtures
The warm yellow glow given off by incandescent bulbs come at a higher cost. Why not shift to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) that last longer and use up only about a quarter of the energy that the traditional type of lighting uses? You spend less replacing CFLs and you also pay less for their electric consumption.
Use thermostats for heaters
Get a programmable type that comes with a timer so that you won’t have to worry about turning your heater on or off at the most optimal times.
Clean or change air conditioning filters
Make your cooling appliance work more efficiently by regularly cleaning it. This way, the device will not have to work twice as hard (and use up more energy) in producing the cool air you need on hot summer days.
You can also install outdoor living areas such as patios, verandahs, or gazebos where you can lounge about when you need to cool off. With this, you can forego using your air conditioner and save even more money this way.
If you need help in deciding how you can improve your home even more, contact Strong Life – an Australian company that has a proven home improvement track record and experience in installing roofed residential extensions. Get a FREE Consultation and Quote today by dialing 03 9310 4455 or sending your enquiry through firstname.lastname@example.org.