Skip to main content

Big Family, Low Energy Bill: Is It Doable?

When it comes to energy usage, big families always tend to be the ones using the highest amounts of energy, because there are more people in the house. However, just because you have a large family, that doesn’t necessarily mean that when it comes to your energy usage, you will use a lot of energy and get a large (and unaffordable) bill to pay.

The good news is that a big family doesn’t have to equal high energy bills. If you are willing to get a little creative and learn how to reduce yours’ and your family’s energy usage, you can cut your energy bill in half. It’s just a case of being willing to put in the time and effort to find ways to reduce your energy consumption as a family.

To make the process of doing so a little easier, below are some tips and suggestions to take note of.

Create new habits

bubble bath.jpg

Often, we get into the habit of using more energy than we need to. We run deeper baths than we need. We put the heating or air conditioning on when it’s not necessary or at a much higher temperature than needed. We leave lights on when it’s not necessary to do so. We leave devices on standby. You get the idea; we are using too much energy when we don’t need to be. However, just because this is how you currently live, that doesn’t mean that this has to continue to be the case. You can cultivate new habits; it will just take time, that’s all. Hold a family meeting, explain that you want to cut energy costs, and ask every family member to play a part in helping to do so. For younger children, a sticker chart could act as a useful motivator. For every time they turn off a light or turn an electronic gadget off not just put it on standby, they get a sticker, and after they have 50 stickers, they get a prize.

Upgrade your home

The fact is that if your home is energy efficient, then it will be more difficult to reduce the amount of energy that is being used. So it pays to invest in your home and upgrade it to make it into a more energy efficient space. One of the best ways to do this is to consider having solar panels fitted by a home solar panel installation company. The fact is that solar panels might be pricey, but they will more than pay for themselves in terms of the amount of free energy that you get from them. You might even make a little money from them by selling unused energy back to your local energy company. Another way that you can upgrade your home is by having energy efficient light bulbs fitted. These cost a little more than normal bulbs but use less energy and last twice as long. Often, it’s little changes that make all of the difference.

Put limitations in place


Sometimes you have to be strict. When it comes to your family’s energy usage, it’s important to stand your ground and try and reduce the amount of energy that is being used by as much as possible. This might mean only turning the heating on twice a day at a low heat instead of having it on all day long or up at a high temperature. Or, it could mean limiting the depth of baths or the number of baths taken per week by each family member. If you want to reduce your spending, you may need to be strict and put certain limitations in place.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about reducing your energy bill and making family life more affordable.


Popular posts from this blog

Prilosec OTC $25 Rebate plus a $100 AMEX Giveaway

Hey Neighbors! Do you suffer from heartburn? I do sometimes. I personally can not eat really spicy foods. Problem? I LOVE MEXICAN! So does my whole family. My husband enjoys really spicy foods and sometimes suffers from it. Solution? Have you heard about Prilosec OTC? If not perhaps you would like to try it. Prilosec OTC has a special offer going on right now through February 15th. Buy 2 Prilosec OTC and get $25 back. Now, I personally have not tried Prilosec OTC yet. But according to the site: "How and Why Prilosec OTC® Works Prilosec OTC Blocks Heartburn When you eat, millions of tiny pumps in your stomach lining create acid to break down food. Normally your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works as a door, opening and closing to let food pass from your esophagus HEARTBURN GLOSSARY Esophagus: Tube connecting the mouth to the stomach; a passageway for food; part of the digestive

What To Do About Those Fuzzy Uninvited Guests In The Home

When we talk about pests in the home, the most common that we tend to deal with are the creepy-crawlies that find their way in. Ants, termites, and spiders, for instance. Occasionally though, you have a real chance of getting a much bigger, fuzzier unwanted guest in the home. What do you do about the fact your home is at risk of becoming a wildlife sanctuary for some truly unhealthy and even dangerous beasts? Picture by Alexas_Fotos Know the signs It doesn’t matter if you’re in a suburban home, a country cottage, or a fourth-floor apartment. Some animals can find their way just about anywhere. It’s worth knowing the signs of pest infestation so you can confirm it and act on it immediately. Spotting droppings, keeping an ear out for scratching, and looking for signs of nesting like shredded paper, scrunched leaves, and grass clippings around the home without explanation can help you start fighting back. Picture by wolfgang_vodt Cleanliness is key If there’s

10 Things You Need To Do Before Moving Abroad

From There is nothing more fulfilling than travelling the world and visiting new and exciting places. If you’re a fan of travel , then you might have thought about moving abroad at some point. Unfortunately, there is a lot to do before you can get on the plane, with finding accommodations and a job being the most important. If you’re moving abroad soon, or think that it’s something that you’d like to do in the future, then here are ten things that you need to do before you start your new life. 1. Visit The Country Plenty of people move abroad without visiting the country first. Although this is fine to do, as long as you’ve done plenty of research on the country, it makes much more sense to visit the country first. This way you can get used to the culture, and will know in advance whether or not the country is somewhere that you’d actually like to live. 2. Research The Country You need to do lots of research before you move abroad, especially if you haven’t visited the count