We may be spending less on going out and saving extra cash on transport - but household bills aren’t getting any cheaper during the lockdown. Luckily, there are still many ways to save money, even though millions of us mostly stuck indoors.
So how can you keep the bills down, without losing the few things you can still do? Try these tips:
The necessary precautions must be taken to ensure that this essential resource is not used carelessly - especially as water and soap are a major weapon against Covid-19.
Around half of any household’s water consumption occurs in the bathroom, so it’s easy to understand that making a few water-friendly changes will reduce your overall water usage, says Raymond Oliver of sanitaryware and tile manufacturer, Roca.
Homeowners who want to maintain their gardens while being more water-wise will need to find alternative watering methods, such as using water that would normally flow down the drain as a way of reducing your water consumption and your water bill.
The amount of extra energy households use will vary from home to home, but you can significantly lower your electric bill by turning off your geyser during the day and unplugging all appliances when not in use so that they do not steal a phantom charge.
Filling your fridge and freezer to its recommended capacity, installing energy-saving bulbs and dimmers and washing your laundry in cold water are all useful ways to conserve electricity.
Set up a grocery budget. Ditch the ready-made meals and buy ingredients in bulk instead. Prep and freeze your meals so that you have cheaper homemade ‘ready-meals’.
Also, if the weather is good, why not just have a good old South African braai. You know the food will be tasty and you can prepare enough chops or chicken for a few days.
Government has asked us to only go out to buy essentials, this means many people will be saving on petrol. So, travel less by going to shopping centres that are as near to you as possible.
Find ways to make spending the weekend at home interesting so that you don’t feel tempted to go out and spend money: tackle household chores, have a picnic in your backyard, cycle around your neighbourhood - anything that doesn’t cost money.
Another way to save is to keep the cleaning aids down to the very basics.
Cleaning products are also an immense waste of household income. All you really need in your cleaning supply closet is bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda or baking powder and a bottle of vanilla or rosemary essence if you want that fresh scent you find in cleaning products.
With all the time you have on your hands, explore ways to make household chores fun. Work with us here.
Think of it as your daily exercise - an energetic break from Netflix. Sweep instead of vacuum to save even more electricity.
You are going to have to get creative during the next couple of weeks - and the more you do, the more you can save.