Money Saving Tips for Tenants

Money Saving Tips for Tenants

In this article we're going to describe a few ways you can reduce your monthly outgoings associated with renting a property which won't involve you changing anything about the property.

 

The Fridge

The average cost for running your typical fridge-freezer is €80 for the year. By ensuring these are set to maintain their optimum temperatures, you can save yourself as much as 20-30%. Try setting your fridge is to 4 degrees and your freezer to -18 degrees.

 

Turning off your appliances

Most appliances around the home have a standby mode, however this still costs you! In standby mode they're going to be using less energy than if they were in use but over their lifespan, this little bit every month can really add up to be a lot. Try unplugging phone chargers, electric heaters, games consoles and other convenient items which might be guzzling your electricity to see an average saving of 5% on your electric bill.

 

Who left that Light on?

Be that annoying person!! Asking the question 'do I need that light on?' will also save you money every year. Also consider the types of bulbs you use and if your landlord agrees, switch to LED lights for a massive saving.

 

Heating

Here's where you'll really save big. And there's never been an easier time to do so. Properties are insulated better than ever and there are smartphone apps which let you control when and in which zones your heating is on, even if you're not in your home.
Studies have shown that if you reduce the temperature on the thermostat by just one degree, you can save as much as €70 per year!
If you're going abroad, don't forget to turn off all timers for heating, there's no point in heating an empty property!

 

Clean the Oven Door!?

Is the door of your oven dirty? If so then it's likely that you have to regularly open the door of the oven to check to see when your food is cooked. Each time you open it, you lose some heat and use up a little bit more energy than you need to. Also consider leaving the oven door open once you're finished using it. This will add a bit of heat to the room!

 

Washing & Drying your Clothes

The vast majority of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used simply in heating the water for the wash. It makes sense then to, where suitable for the fabrics, reduce the temperature of the was cycle. Try washing your clothes at 30 degrees.
Similarly, it's the heat used by the tumble drier which consumes so much electricity. If you have the facility, hang your clothes out on the clothes line instead of putting them all in the tumble dryer at all. If you do have to use the tumble dryer, try not to let the use it excessively and monitor when the clothes are dry. Also make sure to remove any bits of fluff!
Make sure that you're filling the machines to their optimum amount; too full and the clothes won't wash or dry, get the best value out of every wash.

 

Cook More but Less Often

Cooking uses a huge amount of heat and energy and there are efficient ways to cook your meals.
For hobs, use lids on all your pots and saucepans as the will result in less energy being needed and make sure the right pan is being used on the right sized hob
For ovens, try baking a few meals at a time. If you can cut down on the amount of time your oven is on, then you'll save up to 40%.
Check how energy efficient your appliances are too, the more efficient, the less they'll cost to use!

 

Dealing with the Dirty Dishes

    -The dishwasher is a great appliance that no home should be without.
    -Don't overload it to ensure all dishes wash correctly
    -Scrape the dishes before they go in and avoid an blockages
    -Use the most appropriate cycle, and if possible the most efficient on
    -Wait for the dishwasher to be full before turning it on, get the best value out of every wash

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