People move into Residential Park Homes for a number of different reasons, whether this may be to downsize in later life, to more to a one storey property for mobility reasons or simply to release some of the capital contained in their family home to use during retirement. One thing that is common across all home owners is the need to look for clever ways to help save on house costs such as utilities.
Here at Park Home Life our utilities are charged in a number of different ways, depending on the park location. For example in our Blunsdon Abbey location the utilities are metered to each home, but the water and electricity are billed directly from the Park. The residents have the choice of which supplier they choose to use for their mains gas. To find out more information on this location take a look here.
There are a number of things that you can do at home that will help to reduce energy wastage and therefore higher energy bills. Here are some of them for you to take a look at (you can find a comprehensive list at the energy savings trust)
- Switching the lights off when you leave a room, you will notice the amount of energy that you use decrease and you can further influence this by using energy saving bulbs instead of standard ones.
- Don’t leave your appliances on standby. Although not using as much electricity as when they are running in full standby mode still uses some power.
- Did you know that using a washing up bowl rather than letting your sink fill up in the kitchen could save you money.
- Reducing your washing cycles by just one a week can have a positive impact on the amount of water that you are using.
- Shorten your shower time by just 1 minute can save an incredible £75 a year based on a family of four all reducing their showers.
- Make the most of your central heating timer to only have your hot water come on when you need it and to regulate your heating throughout the house
- Turn off radiators in rooms that aren’t used and turn your thermostat down by just 1 degree to see a decrease in the amount of energy that you are using.
- Make sure that all of your windows and doors are draught free and fix any cracks in the floors and skirting boards to prevent the heat from your home being lost.