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A Few Home Truths...

We’ve compiled a list of clever tips to save (and make) a dollar or two in and around your house. You can thank us later! Be energy-efficient and...
  • Wash clothes in cold water (your washing machine uses energy to heat water).
  • Fit energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • Run appliances at night to avoid peak energy rates.
  • Seal your doors and windows with weather strips (these keep the heat out in summer and the cold out in winter).
  • Unplug electronics when not in use.
  • Switch off lights when you’re not in a room.
  • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
  • Bundle your telecommunications, like phone, Internet and pay TV.
  • Install a rainwater tank.
Shop smart and...
  • Write a supermarket shopping list and stick to it.
  • Buy groceries in bulk.
  • Try the generic brands.
  • Freeze foodstuff when you get home.
Do-it-yourself and...
  • Carry out basic maintenance and repairs.
  • Grow your own vegetables and herbs.
  • Install a water filter on the kitchen tap to save on bottled water.
  • Make your own wall art.
Earn some extra cash and...
  • Sell unwanted items on Gumtree and eBay.
  • Rent out unused space, like a bedroom or garage.
  • Have a garage sale; do a letterbox drop to let your neighbours know it’s on.
  • Collect spare change in a jar.