Do you know what I did this morning? I unpacked the last box from when we moved into our current home! Woot woot! (Never mind that we moved in about a year-and-a-half ago…I’ve been busy, okay?!) Once that box was empty, I took a moment to be thankful for our home – this one and the two we’ve had previously! There’s just something about…HOME.
For many, buying a house might be a dream. The cost of real estate is always on the rise; hence, you may be tempted to think that you can never afford to purchase that home you dream of. As tricky and challenging as it might be, it is not an impossible task. There are many clever ways that you can save up for your house deposit slowly. Here’s how:
Always have a budget
Often the biggest excuses people have for not being able to save up for a dream house is because their budget isn’t enough. However, the reason why saving is almost close to impossible is that you aren’t working on a budget. When you write down all your expenses and have a budget in mind, you can see where each amount is going to; hence, you can better manage the same.
If your New Year’s resolution was to start saving money or reduce your carbon footprint, then this is the guide for you! I know, I know, we’re basically halfway through March. Just about the time that everyone has FORGOTTEN about their resolutions, right? Don’t forget!
There are many simple changes you can make to use less energy and reduce your home’s energy waste. These changes don’t only affect the environment and efficiency of your home, they save you money! In fact, these tweaks can save you up to 25% on your annual utility expenses. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!
Lights and electronics alone could account for up to 12% of your utility bill. Here is how to reduce their energy waste.
Lights and Light Bulbs
Changing the type of light bulb you use is a simple energy saving adjustment anyone can make. By trading in traditional light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs you could save up to $75 a year in utility expenses. Another word of advice when it comes to lights and electronics in your home is to turn them off when you are not using them. Idle electronics should be unplugged when not in use because they produce “phantom loads“. Put simply, idle electronics draw energy from outlets for as long as they are plugged in. Consider using a smart power strip to keep these electronics from wasting energy.