Collaborative Post¦ Buying your first house is one of the most expensive things that many of us will do in our lives, which is why it’s important to save where you can! I’ve put together a few things that will help you save a few extra pounds.
Check your boiler
One of the first things you’ll want to do is check your boiler. Checking your boiler is essential when you first move in as an outdated boiler can cast a lot more in the long run than replacing it with a newer more efficient boiler. Replacing your boiler isn’t as hard as it may seem, the main things you need to do is choose a boiler brand, boiler type and an installer.
There is a range of boiler brands including Worcester Bosch, Vaillant Boilers and Ideal Boilers.
There are three main types of boilers that you should consider: system, combi and conventional. Each boiler type has different pros and cons, and each house will require a different kind of boiler, so it’s best to do your research before you settle on a type of boiler that you want to install in your house.
When it comes to a boiler installer, the only thing that you need to make sure is that your gas engineer is gas safe registered, which is a legal requirement in the UK to work with gas. So how much does a new boiler cost? It’s a good idea to talk to a few gas engineers in your area to get a few prices and then you can choose which one is best for you.
Install LED or CFL light bulbs
It may seem like a tedious task, but changing your bulbs to LED or CFL is a great way to save a lot of energy in the long run. They can be costly upfront compared to regular incandescent bulbs but are well worth the initial investment over the time that you will use them. You can typically buy a pack of LED bulbs for around £10 – £15.
Creating a spending plan
Creating a spending plan is a great way to begin to see where you can start to save money. The best way to do this is to look back over a month and see what you’ve been spending and see where you could potentially cut some costs. Things as little as cutting out a Friday night takeaway now and again can mean a little bit of extra cash in your pocket.
Insulate exposed water pipes
Exposed water pipes can lead to a considerable loss of heat in your water which means that you’re going to use more energy heating it back up. This can lead to a surprising increase in spending on heating bills over time, which you don’t want. Insulating the pipes in areas that get cold such as your garage, loft or basement. Insulating can be a simple job after you’ve watched a few tutorials online, there are plenty out there, and it’s a great way to save money in the long run.
Clean the air conditioning filter
Most homes are now fitted with air conditioning units to help during the hot summers. Over 1.6 billion air-cons are installed throughout the world. It’s essential to stick to air conditioning regulations, the most important of which is a clean air conditioning filter. Cleaning your air conditioning filter is vital for it to run with the highest efficiency, as dust and bacteria can restrict airflow and stop it from cooling down as it should. If you don’t do this, you risk damaging your air conditioning unit (in which case you’ll need the services of a company like JAK Air Conditioning & Heating – jakservices.com/fort-worth-air-conditioning-repair-service/). You should clean your air conditioning filter before the summer (when you start to use it more frequently) and then once a month while it’s in regular use. However, a quick wipe down won’t cut it when giving it a clean, so follow these steps for an easy and effective way to clean your filter:
Smart power strip
Smart power strips are a great way to increase your energy efficiency and reduce how much energy you’re wasting and less wasted energy = reduced energy bills. A smart power strip detects when a device is in standby mode and not being used and cuts the energy off so that the device isn’t wasting any electricity while not being used. However, be wary of using smart power strips on specific devices, such as computers, as if you leave your desk for a few minutes it may result in your computer being turned off.
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