In today's climate, it is important to save money wherever you can. The experts at Victoria Plum offer some helpful advice...
As well as making bigger changes to your lifestyle, you can also make a few simple, everyday swaps as every little helps. Saving money and finding good value options will help to make life that bit easier when it comes to those dreaded energy bills, petrol prices and the hefty price tag involved.
There are many ways you can cut down on the cost of living, and it can start right here in your bathroom. Most people struggle with working out a suitable budget, and so these money saving tips should help you out and allow you to slightly reduce any expense. Why not have a read about easy ways to revive your bathroom on a budget?
Take a shower
With energy prices on the rise, simple swaps can have all the difference in how you cut costs. Opting to have a shower instead of a bath will help you out in the long run. When showering in your bathroom instead of having a bath, you can cut your water consumption by a third. The average bath can require around 90 litres of water, which is split between approximately 60 litres of hot water and 30 litres of cold. If you decide to take a shorter, ten minute shower or even a five minute shower, it is much more economical. This will considerably help to lower your water bill, especially if on a water meter.
You could also try swapping to a water efficient shower head in your bathroom. There are many high quality options available which will help you to save energy and save money. Even if you have a small budget for replacing fixtures, a beautiful piece for your shower should not set you back too much.
Turn the water off
This may sound far too simple and obvious, but turning off the water in your bathroom when you don't technically need it can save you more money than you think. It's an easy job, and in most cases can become a habit. Turn off the water between shampooing, conditioning and washing your body when in the shower. There will be less wastage and spend in bathrooms if this straightforward act takes place. There is no need to stand under the water when you don't actually need to. Your hair will still remain in the same good condition when washed.
You could also challenge yourself to finish your shower in the time it takes to listen to your favourite song. Create a competition with yourself, your family or with people in your household and see if you can be in and out of the room in the quickest time possible. This turns cost savings into more of a fun activity. Spending just one minute less in the shower can save up to seven litres of water a day. Over the course of a year, you can shave a fair bit off your bill. This is also the case with brushing your teeth at the sink. Replace your bathroom routine with a new one and turn the tap off whilst brushing as this avoids wasting water and helps with saving money. If you really wish to go the extra mile, only flush the toilet when you really to. This will reduce the cost of your water meter bill.
Renovation top tips
If you are planning on a bathroom renovation but still want to do it at great value, there are ways you can achieve this. Save on the costs of labour by doing the bulk of the new bathroom work yourself. Installing things like the vanity unit, flooring, mirrors and storage can be done yourself with a bit of time and patience. Placing ceramic tiles or paint on the wall in the bathroom is also a task you may wish to do yourself. Saving on features like this allows you to save money on things like maintenance when it comes to plumbing, energy, heating water and installing pieces like the toilet cistern and tub. Hire a knowledgeable professional to guarantee a good job in your bathroom renovation.
Keep an eye out for various bargains when shopping for bathroom bits. If you want to furnish your entire bathroom, opt for a suite deal that includes fixtures like a toilet, vanity, sink and tub. Budget for this spend and stick to it. Only replace things that actually need to be- if the quality is fine then see if you can keep certain elements in the environment. Keep the layout the same in your bathroom renovation if you are simply replacing fixtures as less tampering with plumbing, the lower the costs will be.
There are plenty of simple changes you can make in your bathroom to reduce the price of your energy bills as every little helps at the moment. Good luck on your saving journey.
More bathroom ideas on a budget
Searching for a simple and cost-effective bathroom refresh? You’ll find plenty of inspiration right here at Victoria Plum. Whether you’d like to freshen up your bathroom for less than £150 or spend less than £700 on a revamp, we have some great budget bathroom ideas.
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