As you know we’ve been working with E.ON on a series of interesting features – not just about saving the energy within your home, but saving the energy with YOU.
Which is just as important.
We’re all too busy making it through the week, aren’t we?
There’s never a time when you actually strike the last thing off the To Do List, look around and think “oh, everything’s done! I think I’ll go curl up with a book for an hour…”
There’s always something that needs just-another-£10, or a quick-30-minutes (it never is).
Well, that’s the case in this house anyway – and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone (someone tell me I’m not alone).
Anything I can find which saves me either some of my hard-earned pennies, or my time with my family (which is quite frankly an even more important commodity than money these days) is bound to gain my attention.
Save time in the Kitchen? Oh man, yes please. Spending my time creating 18 meals a day (there’s 6 of us y’know…). Though that is a *slight* exaggeration of my domestic goddess status. Breakfast is always make-yer-own, though I might reach the bowls down for the shortest family members. If they’re lucky.
Lunch is often either make-yer-own or else first-person-who-gets-hungry-makes-everyone’s, depending on how the day’s going.
But Dinner is always a round-the-table family meal. However, we run two businesses plus homeschool four children – it can occasionally be a slightly haphazard last-minute affair. *cough*
Having decent home-cooked meals in the freezer to use when I get that “Oh-help-it’s-nearly-6-and-I’ve-done-nothing-for-dinner” feeling. Not that it happens often mind. *coughs again*
A couple of years ago I twigged that doubling a recipe wasn’t actually double the work – but DID leave me with a spare family meal that I could freeze, and then whip out and present with a satisfyingly smug flourish next time I’d forgotten to feed the family. Genius.
And sometimes you need to spend to save, too. When our extension was built, we used up our budget on stuff like walls and floors and electrics and suchlike. So we ended up with cheap laminate flooring in the bedrooms, and cheap thin curtains. Which looked fine, of course, and the floor was hugely practical for the boys bedrooms. But warm and cosy it was not.
We were NOT saving energy in the home – not a bit of it. In the winter months we had to have their radiators on full blast to take the chill off, and it never really felt toasty in their rooms – until we decided Something Had To Be Done. So we invested in some thick lined curtains, and some nice large rugs for the floor – nothing hugely expensive, but oh what a difference they make – and unexpectedly to the sound-proofing too, which is a bonus when three elephants are in their rooms overhead. Best of all, their radiators were never turned above half heat all winter, so the payback on the soft furnishings won’t take long at all.
So, like I say, working with E.ON on this series has been a bit of an eye-opener. Their energy saving ideas aren’t just about checking your cavity wall insulation – oh no, it’s WAY more interesting than that.
And they’ve collected all the tips from the bloggers who have been working with them, and created a brilliant little e-booklet to get you thinking in ways you might never have done before. There’s also a raft of interesting fact snippets, and a slightly competitive ‘Higher or Lower’ quiz which I may have done more than once just to get them all right.
There really are loads of simple things you can do to save money and energy in your home – and it’s genuinely not all about draught excluders and half-filling your kettle. Take a look at their booklet, you might learn something new.
And now it’s your turn to join in! We’ve got a whopping £150 of John Lewis vouchers to give away to the best energy saving tip you have – doesn’t matter if it’s time or money you’re saving, if you’ve got a good one, we want to hear about it.
Just use the Rafflecopter box to leave your details below. The closing date for this competition is 30th May 2014 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. One winner judged to have provided the best energy saving tip will receive the prize.