Tips for $aving Money!
|*Cut up old, worn clothes for cleaning rags. Use old socks for
washrags. Place them over your hand for easy dusting.
*Make potholders out of old ironing board covers.
*Make kitchen towels or table runners out of soiled tablecloths and towels. Make drapes out of sheets and tablecloths.
*Cut off the unworn part of old sheets to make pillowcases.
*Save old Christmas paper and shred for use in gift bags.
*Make postcards, gift tags, or ornaments out of Christmas Cards. Display the best of your cards received over the years as a tree shape with a star on top. Be creative.
*Save leftover wallpaper to wrap presents. Unused maps also make great gift wrap. Construction paper and kitchen foil will also do well.
*Use leftover candle stumps as pincushions. Needles slide into fabric smoother.
*When your child's pullover sweaters becomes to tight to wear, turn them into a cardigan by cutting them straight down the front and binding the front edges with an attractive trim.
*Keep your fabric remnants. Even if you can't think of a use for them now, new projects will come along. You may end up using them in a quilting project or perhaps making a doll. They may become a collar or a piece of bias trim. There are lots of projects using scraps; doll clothes, miniature quilting for small blankets and purses.
*Use leftover denim from cutoff jeans to make garden gloves. Simply trace around your fingers for the pattern. It is great fabric for creating a garden apron.
|CHEAP AND FAST WAYS TO REDUCE HEAT IN AN APARTMENT /HOUSE (if no
air conditioner available):
1. Use sun reflecting shades or insulating shades (often found at
fabric stores) (secure closely to window)
11. Keep all windows closed and windows well covered during day time,
open at night, if possible to get the cooler air in hot dry climates (in
hot moist open windows day and night to get maximum air flow but keep
windows covered from direct sun).
9. Use weather stripping to caulk all exterior doors and windows.
|13 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AND REDUCE
1. Add Insulation and Check Ventilation
Add another layer of attic insulation. If during the winter, ice develops on your roof, you've got a problem. If everyone else's roof is covered with snow, but yours isn't, you've got a problem. Much of the time the problem is simply not enough attic insulation and/or a problem with your attic ventilation which should be able to draw any heat lost from the interior up and out of the attic so that the underside of the roof deck is not heated. An efficient attic ventilation system usually consists of a gable, roof or ridge vents, eave vents or a power ventilation system. [Also works to keep house cool] Keep all vents clean and free of debris. Clean the house gutters and leaders of soggy leaves before the snow falls. Keep gutters free of debris.
Add basement insulation, especially where the basement joins the frame of the house. Provide the recommended level of insulation under floors above unheated spaces, around walls in a heated basement or unventilated crawl space, and on the edges of slabs-on-grade
Insulate your hot-water storage tank. Wrap your hot water tank in a thermal blanket and insulate hot water pipes.
Insulate for year-round savings. Regardless of what you use to heat or cool your place, your costs can decrease as much as 20% to 30% with adequate insulation.
(See the North America Insulation Manufactures Association
web site www.naima.org for insulation details.)
2. Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers can reduce your heating costs because humid air feels warmer. However, too much humidity can cause condensation on windows.
Humidifiers come in two basic types: portable, or a unit added to your furnace to add moisture to the dry air in winter.
3. Put on your Sweater First
or Warm Yourself First, Before Warming the Whole House/Apartment
Employ the layered look this winter indoors or out to benefit the most from heating efficiency.
At night, make sure your bedclothes and blankets are not too heavy. You want warm and light not heavy and sweat-producing.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
5. Let the Sun Shine Warm Your
Rooms during the day if you have south or south west facing windows.
Besides providing natural light, the sun will increase the warmth in the
room without increased use of oil or gas.
10. Reduce thermostat in guest rooms or areas not being used at any one time.
11. Think about how you use lights and appliances
· When not in use, turn off.
· Sometimes don't turn the lights on
Buy a lower wattage bulb.
Try other types of lighting:
13. Go High-Tech with Water
· Install low-flow showerheads which can cut water use by close to 60% which equals to around $80 a year on your electricity bill. Efficient shower heads cost between 10 and $30. As well, if you live in an area which uses large amounts of chlorine, there are shower heads available which will remove chlorine, as well.
· Add-ons for toilet tanks are available to reduce amount of water needed per flush
Faucet aerators mix air into
the water flow from your taps
· Fix leaking taps [often all it takes is a rubber washer] A leaky tap at one drop per second wastes 800 litres of water per month.
Use Cold water washes for
most clothes white or colored unless very soiled or greasy. Washing
clothes uses approx. one-quarter of all household hot water. Cold water
washes for whites is good for the fabrics, as well as your budget.
Run your clothes washer only
when you have a full load or use a reduced load setting with less water.
· When and where possible, dry your clothes outside.
For using your dishwasher, use the no-heat or energy saving drying cycle for savings. And wait until the washer is full before you run it.