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kaz

Economies

After reading Debbie's thread on how much it costs to boil the kettle it has set me off in economy mode.....with the rise in price of all types of fuels what economies have you or will you be making or will life just go on as normal?

I am currently waiting for the kettle to boil on the woodburning stove rather than switching the kettle on
lizzie44

We haved pared down our leccy bills with woodburner and solar panels to do CH and HW. I just wish I could get OH and DD to switch the bdooly lights off when they leave a room!! It is a constant annoyance to me and I get fed up with reminding them - any ideas anyone?
Bazzer

Those timed switches that Hotels use in their Public Toilet areas?
Woodsmoke

Take the bulbs out?
MrsWW

We light a lot of candles rather than turn lamps on in the evenings.
debbie

MrsWW wrote:
We light a lot of candles rather than turn lamps on in the evenings.


very romantic Mrs WW You have a point though, we light the oil lamps although part of that is practical - with all the heavy rain and winds we keep loosing the electricity.

Like Kaz, I am using the wood-burner more and more.  It makes an excellent slow cooker and jacket spuds double wrapped in foil and put in the embers to one side are far better than anything that comes out of the oven.

My project this week is to sort out the three freezers.  A full freezer is much cheaper to run that a half empty one.  Lights yes - energy saving bulbs and turned off when possible same with  the fan on the oven - when I do use it the fan is switched off immediately after use.  Batch cooking is the other thing I am trying to get into...that ovens not going on unless I can fill it - even if it means I knock up a batch of bread to put in if, otherwise, I would only be using one shelf...and with my newly sorted freezers the bread can go in their if its not needed straight away.

Being the only mains we have, the electricity bill takes a major part of our income so that is where I am focusing my economies at the moment.

Really looking forward to hearing what others are doing to cut back.
MrsWW

debbie wrote:
very romantic Mrs WW


I also think the sight of lit candles makes you "feel" warmer so I've even managed to turn the central heating down a few degrees and it's on for less time - and OH hasn't noticed yet    - he really feels the cold.  To which my response is usually to go and put another sweatshirt/jumper on then  
gwiz

We have a touring caravan, everything for the inside is run on 12v, you know, portable dvd player, radio, ipod dock and so on.
I keep thinking to myself that I really should set up some solar panels and Deep cycle batteries at home, after all, when we go away on holiday we have no trouble at all.
I'd be quite happy to unplug from the mains, but I'm not sure my good lady wife would like it much.
kaz

We went on our electricity economy drive a couple of years ago when the electricty company wanted to put our direct debit up tp £120 a month
We invested in an Owl monitor
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF...002533&ref=pd_sl_7xzpf8ex5r_e
and reduced our consumption down to £55 a month but we are still trying to trim it lower
We are on a water meter here so we have loads of barrels collecting rainwater for animal and plant use.

Another way that we economise is by shopping around - how can Home Bargains sell branded items like tea and coffee and toiletries for less than half the price for the same product in major supermarkets?
Jakey

I am famously tight, so where do I start?

Water.
Water meter fitted, last years consumption was 38 cubic meters. Water board estimated we'd use 90 cubic meters.
More showers less baths.
A brick in the loo cystern to reduce the amount of water used each flush.
If it's brown, flush it down. If it's yellow let it mellow. †

Electric
Low energy bulbs everywhere.
Wireless router only switched on when needed.
Timers on bedside lamps....always falling asleep whilst reading in bed.

Gas
Heating on for an hour in the morning before going to work.
Heating on for 3 hours on an evening before going to bed.
Not left on all day.

Car
Use sixth gear (coasting) as often as possible.
Never use the aircon (devours fuel)
Never drive with a window down (increases drag therefore fuel consumption)
Only fit roof rack / box when needed (increases drag therefore fuel consumption)...removed as soon as not needed .
Keep tyres correctly inflated.
freckle

gwiz wrote:
We have a touring caravan, everything for the inside is run on 12v, you know, portable dvd player, radio, ipod dock and so on.
I keep thinking to myself that I really should set up some solar panels and Deep cycle batteries at home, after all, when we go away on holiday we have no trouble at all.
I'd be quite happy to unplug from the mains, but I'm not sure my good lady wife would like it much.


Take it from me-living the caravan holiday lifestyle for more than a week or two losing its novelty.....6 months and counting.....
freckle

Jakey wrote:
I am famously tight, so where do I start?

Water.
Water meter fitted, last years consumption was 38 cubic meters. Water board estimated we'd use 90 cubic meters.
More showers less baths.
A brick in the loo cystern to reduce the amount of water used each flush.
If it's brown, flush it down. If it's yellow let it mellow. †

Electric
Low energy bulbs everywhere.
Wireless router only switched on when needed.
Timers on bedside lamps....always falling asleep whilst reading in bed.

Gas
Heating on for an hour in the morning before going to work.
Heating on for 3 hours on an evening before going to bed.
Not left on all day.

Car
Use sixth gear (coasting) as often as possible.
Never use the aircon (devours fuel)
Never drive with a window down (increases drag therefore fuel consumption)
Only fit roof rack / box when needed (increases drag therefore fuel consumption)...removed as soon as not needed .
Keep tyres correctly inflated.


I wouldn't want to be in a car with you in summer then!! (Granted it only lasts about 3 days in the UK though!!)
freckle

Our leccy usage has more than tripled over the past few months!! However we do have a lot of power hungry tools on the go in the renovation and electric heaters on in the caravan almost constantly-well at least throughout the subzero time! We also don't use anything else at the mo-we were on oil so not had to pay the huge prices this year. We have put in a ground source heat pump for when we're back in the house and also solar hot water. Next project once we're in will be to generate leccy-whether we will be able to put a turbine up or have solar PV cells. We have also discovered we are metered for water-but the water board obviously don't know this as we have never had a metered bill?!?! (Shhhhh)
We are going to buy an aga-leccy one again-but will cut out use of toaster, microwave, kettle, (tumble drier-but we don 't usually have one-just have for the dark times at the mo!!). Its going to be a reconditioned one though so not costing as much!
Are trying to buy most things for the house from Ebay-have a great selection of brand new sinks and baths all for around £5 to £50. Also taps, showers, towel radiators etc. Now moving onto furniture and picked up a gorgeous excellent condition brown leather chesterfield sofa for only £300, plus some gorgeous old pine pieces for very little. Once you start onEbay it is hard to stop.....Must get some things listed to sell though!
So lots of savings-but spending a lot to get there!!  
Mo

I fill up freezer space with closed, empty boxes.
Switch off washing machine at plug.
Christine

Meal planning is always a good saver as you have to use up what is available and you only buy for the meals you are going to cook.

I filled up the store cupboard shelves at the start of the big freeze up here and topped up again at a break in the weather.

I'm now using the store shelves and what is in the freezer in the way of soups and veg until further notice. My food shopping will be miniscule for a few weeks and after that it will be very careful topping up with a lot of food planning before shopping.

I've replaced slippers and shoes in the sales though I didn't really need them because I have found that only one company in the UK sells shoes that fit. Of course because their products are specialist the prices are going up. Slippers at £10 a pair instead of £25 and walking out shoes at £25 instead of £49 because the lines are coming off the catalogue are acceptable.

Let's say I shan't be buying shoes for a couple of years unless I need another sturdy pair for gardening. I hate to think of the prices then mind.

I've also topped up with a trio of thick fleece tops for wearing around the house and allotment in cold weather because at a fiver they are better value than what is on offer in the second hand shops.

In other words I'm bargain basement shopper at the moment - so long as the value is good.

I'll be watching the gardeners association for seed offers too.
Pilsbury

Mo wrote:
I fill up freezer space with closed, empty boxes.
Switch off washing machine at plug.

when we do get any freezer space empty we put in milk bottles filled with water, that way the space is taken up, if the power goes there is more to keep the temperature down and if we go out for the day wse have a big ice block to keep our food cool in the cool box.
once we need the space again we simply let the water defrost and recycle the bottle
freckle

Pilsbury wrote:
Mo wrote:
I fill up freezer space with closed, empty boxes.
Switch off washing machine at plug.

when we do get any freezer space empty we put in milk bottles filled with water, that way the space is taken up, if the power goes there is more to keep the temperature down and if we go out for the day wse have a big ice block to keep our food cool in the cool box.
once we need the space again we simply let the water defrost and recycle the bottle


Clever!!
Jakey

Just recieved a bill for last years water.
Before the water meter was fitted I paid £640!! per annum

This year....£157

Wish I'd had a meter fitted years ago.
Jonty

Nice one!!

I switched our gas and electricity yesterday as Scottish Power's forcasted bill for us for this year was £700 for gas and £1200 for electricity

I got a fixed deal based on the same figures of over £500 less

Robbing b***rds
Jakey

Check your premium bonds.
Just unearthed one that was taken out for me when I was born, but has been lost ever since.
It's only a £10 bond, but †having checked the number I've won £75. †

It first came up in the draw in 1979, then again in 1995.

I intend to make more use of my savings by investing in more premium bonds in future.
Woodsmoke

I've had mine for 41 years................not a bean! Not once! Ever!  
lottie

My o.h.has had some for 56 years---they've never won once  

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