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Easy Ways to Save Money Around Your Home

Unless you have been avoiding all forms of media, you have probably heard of that cost of living crisis that seems to be dominating the news and people’s daily discourse. The cost of living is rising across many sectors, and unfortunately, many of our paychecks do not match that rise. To that end, we must find ways to save money in different areas of our lives. 

We know that there might be certain areas of spending you cannot control, but there are certain areas that you can control, and they all start within the home. Saving money at home can be a great way to reduce your expenses and increase your financial stability. There are several easy steps you can take to save money without sacrificing your comfort or lifestyle. For example, turning off lights when you leave a room, using energy-efficient appliances, and using LED bulbs can help reduce your utility bills. Meal planning, buying in bulk, and avoiding food waste can save you money on groceries. Finally, cancelling unnecessary subscriptions, shopping around for better deals, and buying end-of-line or ex-display items can help you save money in the long run. 

This article will highlight a range of ways to save money around your home and reduce your cost of living just that little bit. 

Our Top Tips for Easy Ways to Save Money at Home

Eco Programmes on your Appliances

Many appliances (especially newer models) have eco programmes which use less energy and help you to save you money on your bills. The eco programme will typically use cooler water for the washing cycles or cooler air for drying. In your dishwasher, it will often incorporate an 'open door' section of the cycle to help to dry your dishes. These cycles are usually longer than a standard cycle. If saving money is your top priority then try to avoid using the quick wash cycles. These can often be the most expensive to run. Check out some more energy savings tips here

Switch off standby 

Switching off standby mode on your TV can have a significant impact on your energy consumption and electricity bill. When your TV is in standby mode, it is still consuming power, which can add up to a considerable amount of wasted energy and money over time. By turning off standby mode, you can prevent your TV from using any unnecessary energy and save money on your electricity bill. Additionally, switching off standby mode can help extend the lifespan of your TV, as it reduces wear and tear on the internal components. So, make it a habit to switch off standby mode on your TV when you're not using it, and you'll be making a positive impact on your wallet and the environment. 

 You should also consider unplugging wireless chargers and turning off your phone chargers at the wall when not in use. Small changes will make a difference in the long run!

Smart appliances 

Many smart appliances have automatic on/off timers and will look to conserve as much energy as possible. After all, they are smart! Whether it's your coffee maker, hair straightener or slow cooker. Just be sure to check the manual as some appliances will go into standby mode rather than fully turning off. 

Make your own coffee

Are you a morning coffee drinker? then this could be one of the easiest ways to save money at home for you! It ties in well with another top tip, sometimes you have to spend money to save money in the long run. Yes, you might shop in one of our 23 stores nationwide and buy a new coffee machine for €80. But that €80 plus €10 for a new keep cup will work out a lot cheaper in the long run than the €4 per day you spend in Starbucks. 

It's also much better for the environment. Disposable coffee cups have a significant impact on the environment. Due to their plastic lining, they cannot be recycled easily and often end up in landfills, oceans, or other natural habitats. They take hundreds of years to break down and release harmful chemicals into the environment, posing a threat to wildlife and human health. It's essential to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups and switch to reusable alternatives to minimize their impact on the environment. 

So you save money, save the petrol you would have used to drive to the coffee shop, and you stop another disposable cup from going to landfill. All while still getting your morning coffee! 

Only use your dishwasher when it is full

Don't waste water and energy just to clean a few plates and a cup? Wait until you have filled the machine up before sticking on a dishwasher cycle. If you have a quieter house, then consider rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. this will reduce odours if you aren't turning the machine on for a few days. You can also consider opting for a slimline dishwasher if you don't need a larger model. 

Avoid using the oven for every meal

Your oven uses a lot of energy. Try to avoid using it where possible. A slow cooker is a perfect kitchen gadget for keeping your costs down. You can cook in bulk which will reduce food wastage, keep your electricity usage down and save you time. We would also recommend investing in an air fryer. It is cheaper to run than your oven and it gives amazing results. We guarantee your family will love it!

LED bulbs in the house

Once again, these beauties fall into the spend more to save more category. LED lights will cost more than regular types of bulbs, but they will dramatically cut costs in the long run. Making the switch asap can be very beneficial. Your future self will thank you. You can also consider opting for some smart bulbs which give you the flexibility to control through your smartphone.

Rechargeable batteries

With so many electronics in our homes, you may be spending more than you realise on batteries. Invest in a quality set of rechargeable batteries rather than constantly buying new ones.

Consider ex-display and clearance options

Looking for easy ways to save money but not compromise on quality? Then consider purchasing an end-of-line or ex-display model. If you are updating or replacing an appliance at home head in-store or online to check out our clearance options. We have loads of ex-display or 'last chance' models that are being sold at unbeatable prices. They came with their full manufacturer's warranty! Here at DID, we have regular online and in-store sales, so you can pick up the latest and greatest technology and appliances at a great price.