In the current economy, saving money here and there might seem impossible. But there are actually a few ways you can save money around your own house. Here are a few things you can do to help cut down on costs.
1. Store Fruits and Veggies in the Right Places
Children in grades K-5 are recommended to eat at least one cup of fruits and vegetables daily, and the way you store your food, especially fruits and vegetables, can impact their lifespan a lot. This is why it’s a good idea for you to find the best means of storing them. This way, you can buy in larger quantities and make use of every single fruit and vegetable as none will be likely to go bad. What’s more, you can save money by avoiding food waste.
Fruits and veggies like bananas, cucumber, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, eggplant, and orange are best left out on the counter at room temperature. Avocadoes and mangoes are best left on the counter and then moved to the fridge when ripe. Finally, fruits and veggies like apples, blueberries, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, raspberries, strawberries, and cauliflower are best stored in the fridge.
2. Switch Out Your HVAC Filter
By the end of 2023, all new residential central air conditioning and air-source heat pump systems sold in the U.S. will have to meet new standards of energy efficiency, according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. But even if you have the most energy-efficient unit, you can still save money by doing one simple thing: changing your air filter. Changing your filter can not only improve your home’s air quality by reducing the amount of dirt, debris, and dander in the air but it can also lower your energy consumption by 5 to 15%.
3. Use Cold Water to Wash Your Clothes
You might be surprised by the fact that washing your clothes with hot water can rack up the energy expenditure in your home. This is an expense that’s more or less uncalled for since most clothes don’t need heat to get cleaned. Using cold water can also help you preserve the integrity of your clothes and thus enable you to make double savings. You’ll be able to keep your clothes in good shape for a longer time and cause fewer emissions since your washer might even run more efficiently washing clothes with cold water.
4. Get LED Bulbs
Last but not least, you should change your home’s bulbs to LEDs in order to maximize your savings while keeping your house illuminated. LED bulbs offer a number of benefits to the home, the first one being that they need less energy to stay on. The second one is that they last for longer than regular bulbs and so you’ll have to change them less frequently. Finally, they emit less heat and so they can help you keep your home a lot more sustainable, whether you use them indoors or outdoors. This is an amazing way to save money and the best part about it is that you don’t need extensive planning or professional tools to do it. It doesn’t even take a lot of time to do, so you can fit it into an afternoon or less.
Use these four ways to save money around the house and live more efficiently than you thought you ever could. This way, you might have more left over to save for a rainy day. You’ll also show your family how to live efficiently and they could benefit from this lesson when they get older and get their own homes.