I don’t know who comes up with days of the year but today’s fits in nicely with me going over my weekly budgets.
Luckily it has been a mild winter so far meaning I have not had to have my heating on as much, unless I have had washing to dry but it is usually in January that I start to panic about the past three month fuel bills, and ways of cutting down on energy use even more.
With the dark months I suffer from SAD so I am in a constant battle for lights to be on for my sanity and the urge to be the eco hippie type saving every single penny. I also have THE BOYS to nag all the time about leaving things switched on, plugged in etc when there is no need to be. My huge pet hate is phone and Satan pod chargers being left on when they are not charging anything, I know it only waste a little energy compared to other things but I don’t want to waste any at all.
My brain kicked into gear “what can you do to save even more money?” “What do you do already?”
I get told I am quirky all the time and I looked at my typical day’s usage of energy, improved by no more back ground TV and the little things I do daily to conserve energy and therefore money.
After having a bath or shower with the pug in I put all the towels and my youngest trousers into soak, usually over night. I use that water for the tougher house plants too and in the summer even the veg flowers and the trees in my garden. I have been told this is a bit extreme but not only does it keep me fit it also saves water and electricity as when I was the clothes in the machine I can just do a quick 30* wash and they are done.
In the morning when I clean my face with a cleansing wipe before it goes in the bin I give things a wipe down with it, such as the tooth paste marks from the holder, dust and even round the toilet (last of course) … I only realised I did this automatically this morning. This not only saves money on cleaners, especially as the wipes were given to be by a friend who can’t use them, the little bit of water I would normally use and also time on house work J
I use pencil sharpenings as indoor plant mulch, saving me even more water usage, I tested it last year to see if it worked and where as I am no scientist the basil not having the mulch wilted way before the one with. You do have to water them from the bottom of the plant though or the sharpening just soaks the water up.
We have water saving thingies in our loos. Switch lights off when out of the room, plugs get switched off but I honestly do not know what else I can do to save even more …
So my question is what do you do? Do you have any little quirky things you do each day without realising it?