Reduce your cost of living…..Sounds great doesn’t it? Where or how to begin. I often think back when My husband Randy was out of work and I was the only income which wasn’t enough to support our family, my job was just extra. The feelings of what to do. I was overwhelmed, upset my husband wasn’t providing. I would look around our home like an addict may thinking what can I sell not for drugs , but to pay my bills. Everyday reducing our cost of living here are a few tips and if you have any to share with us I would love to hear!
- Showers take less water then a bath. Take shorter showers and shut the water off while shampooing your hair.
- Wash full loads of laundry. Washing one item still takes the same amount as a full load.
- Run the dishwasher when it is full just like the washer.
- My dad made me a rain barrel. This is wonderful for topping off my pond and watering my plants and garden in my back yard.
- We use a window air conditioner and it drips condensation and I keep a bucket under it and when the bucket fills I water my plants in the front yard.
- This tip may not be for all so I’ll say it and move on. When I was a kid we had a saying about flushing the toilet “If it is brown flush it down, if it is yellow let it mellow” This is something Randy wasn’t so hip about, but it is a way to rude water expenses.
- Don’t leave the water running while brushing teeth or washing your face.
- Fix those dripping faucets and running toilet!
- Reduce you water heater temperature, we keep ours at 120°
- Wrapping your water heater..This is one I thought was for water heaters in the garage but it is for when they are in your home and will keep the water hotter and reduce energy cost.
- Hang those clothes to dry. There is nothing better the smell of air fresh clothes! I hang all our t-shirts to dry even in the winter I have a handy rack my honey installed above my washer.
- Only dry full loads of laundry
- thermostat- In the winter try 65°- 68° and wear you socks and a sweater. In the summer- we keep it at 72° – 74° and run the ceiling fans.
- Open those curtains when the sun is out in the winter and close them in the summer when the sun is out.
- Dishwasher- The drying cycle prop the door open before bed and unload in the morning. Ours also has an energy saver.
Tomorrow we will continue! Have a blessed day,