How to save at home it is a theme that opens up many others. You can save money while shopping, but also by rationalizing the consumption of electricity and gas or by changing your cleaning habits. You can also save money on the use of cars and scooters, on insurance and on holidays. The possibilities are really many, but first let's agree on a few things.
Savings and efficiency are two different concepts. The savings we mean here are always the result of efficiency and the latter consists in 'achieving the same results while consuming less'. It follows that saving is not the same as giving up. You can save without sacrificing. Cuts are another thing.
This is very important. Personally I would not be stimulated by the reasoning on how to save at home if these meant cutting everything and lowering the quality of my life beyond a certain threshold. I am made in a certain way, I think in a certain way and I do not intend to give up on certain things I like. Unless the emergency forces me to do it, but that's a different kettle of fish. I am more interested in the efficiency of my behaviors: having what I want while spending less.
First step: the diagnosis. When you begin an energy redevelopment, you always start by examining the situation. In how to save money at home it's the same: how much do I consume? Where is it? How? It is not possible to intervene on what the entity of which is not known. So the first thing to do is an analysis of your consumption habits. It is no coincidence that the term 'economy' derives from the Greek oikos + nomos which stands for house + habit, that is habit / norm of the house. Doing economics is acting on your habits.
Second step: the alternatives. Once the consumption picture has been drawn, the search for alternatives begins. And here we enter the subjective. Savings understood as efficiency are not the same for everyone because we are not all the same. Trivially: if I go crazy for Parma ham, the savings for me will not be changing the product by falling back on something else. It will rather be looking for the cheapest Parma ham and consuming it so that what I spend is the best possible 'experience'. The first thing I will be able to do by wandering around shops, the second by avoiding buying more ham than I can consume before the product hardens in the fridge.
Third step: define a perimeter. We need a basic criterion and the 'like' cannot be the only point of reference. From this point of view, another Greek word, ecology, comes to our aid. It is composed of oikos + logos and in the most etymological sense of the term it stands for 'word', intelligence ',' home management '. Ecology has to do with 'house management' and the 'ecological balance' is a good criterion-perimeter in decisions on how to save at home. Avoiding negative impacts on the environment, climate and health is a way to save in the long run.
Fourth step: sharing. Once household management was mainly entrusted to women, but today this is no longer the case. Leaving aside the talk about equality and the evolution of the idea of family, there are so many choices in a home that impact the ecological balance and how to save that they cannot all fall on the shoulders of women. 'Female knowledge' understood as 'good housekeeping' remains something important, but taking care of it is no longer a question of gender. The consequence is that domestic savings are necessarily the result of a sharing of values and habits among all the people who make daily choices that have to do with the home. Choices affecting various areas.
How to save on shopping. Buying better, not buying less. The offers are cheap when they are for good products at a reduced price, but if they are for poor products they are not a bargain. Watch out for expiration dates: taking home foods that will expire in the refrigerator is also not a brilliant idea. On the other hand, it can be smart to purchase products that are close to expiry, but perfect, to be consumed immediately.
In the past, people stocked up because they lived in isolation and there were few shops. But is the escort still needed today? If it serves to get a great price in my opinion, yes, but if it's just to have everything at hand, I'm not convinced. Today the distribution is so widespread that the products are better left in the fridge at the shopkeeper than cramming them into your own (increasing electricity consumption). Even the daily purchase of fresh products may be preferable and cheaper than the weekly large shopping.
And then there is the waste. Food waste is a social plague and is the result of ignorance, bad habits and rudeness. Respect for food is in my opinion one of the first things to teach children, not only to eat healthy but also to understand that nothing they eat is given as a gift. Ditto for the other products: better a good pair of soled shoes or a pair of cheap disposable ones?
Watch out for planned obsolescence. It is such a serious problem that parliaments are dealing with it. There are products, for example some household appliances, which are built to last a limited number of years in order to keep the replacement market alive. Is it better an expensive refrigerator that lasts many years and can be repaired or a low cost one that breaks quickly and ends up flooding landfills? Savings should be seen in the long run. The how to save at home it should be seen in the long term, it does not always coincide with the 'now'.
How to save on bills. This is another important chapter of the how to save at home. There are basically two systems for lowering electricity and gas bills:
- rationalize consumption with better use of electricity and gas (correct habits, class A appliances, LED lighting…);
- renegotiate supply contracts. The examination of the electricity and gas bills can reserve surprises, for example that of discovering that you are paying an exaggerated price for the raw material energy (the only item of the bill that can be lowered since the others do not depend on the supplier) or that the type of contract you have is not the most convenient in relation to your habits.
A tip: if you want to experience a bit of domestic Energy Intelligence, try to keep the electricity bill under control with a consumption meter. I recommend one that is wireless and easy to install that you find online: Wireless Electricity Saving Meter