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31 nifty tips to save big money in your household

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. At least that's how the saying goes, so we found a host of brilliant ways you can reign in your household spending.

From making your own decorations that will give you the interior designer look for less, through to keeping an eye on your utilities, we've honed in on some genius ways to make every room in your home work that little bit harder and leaner. 

Read on and let's save some money!

1. Shut doors behind you to lower heating bills

2. Paint all your trim the same colour and save on bulk paint

Redcliffe Gardens: classic Living room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Redcliffe Gardens

Ardesia Design

3. Turn your water thermostat down a few degrees. You won't notice!

modern Bathroom by HORUS
HORUS

Bath/shower set

HORUS

4. Install dimmer switches and LED bulbs throughout the house

eclectic Bedroom by paola bagna
paola bagna

Lighting

paola bagna

5. Get your chimney swept in summer, not the start of winter

6. Use the microwave when you can, as it costs less to run than your hob

Modern white gloss kitchen: modern Kitchen by Style Within
Style Within

Modern white gloss kitchen

Style Within

7. Laptops take less energy than desktops so are cheaper to run

AB Desk: modern Study/office by AFID Design

8. Insulate hot water pipes to reduce costs

9. Clean your own gutters rather than paying someone

Church Mews, Hartland, Devon: modern Houses by The Bazeley Partnership
The Bazeley Partnership

Church Mews, Hartland, Devon

The Bazeley Partnership

10. Buy new gardening equipment in autumn or winter when it's all reduced

11. Plant trees to grow garden cover instead of buying pergolas

12. Stock up on firewood in spring when it's cheap

Fireplace. : modern Living room by Shoootin
Shoootin

Fireplace.

Shoootin

13. Before buying, compare appliance costs online

14. Buy only basic secondhand gardening tools

15. Check every detail on contractor quotes and remove items you can complete yourself

New Build with Heritage Bronze Casements:  Windows & doors  by Architectural Bronze Ltd
Architectural Bronze Ltd

New Build with Heritage Bronze Casements

Architectural Bronze Ltd

16. Carry out boring but necessary tasks, such as wood treating, yourself

​The living room at the Cow Shed: modern Living room by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​The living room at the Cow Shed

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

17. Raise your home insurance excess to lower the premium

Residential Development, West Yorkshire: eclectic Houses by Wildblood Macdonald
Wildblood Macdonald

Residential Development, West Yorkshire

Wildblood Macdonald

18. Swap out any appliances that are not at least A+ rated

modern Kitchen by Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH
Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH

The new ConceptLIne from Küppersbusch

Küppersbusch Hausgeräte GmbH

19. Install a shower timer to reduce water usage

Mosc Slider Corner Black: modern Bathroom by Matki Showering
Matki Showering

Mosc Slider Corner Black

Matki Showering

20. Start your garden using free clippings and cuttings

Create a colourful alpine garden.: classic Garden by Ice Alpines
Ice Alpines

Create a colourful alpine garden.

Ice Alpines

21. Use the free design services when buying new bathroom or kitchen items. It'll be much cheaper than hiring someone

22. Secure fixed rate energy deals each year

KITCHENS: The Bovingdon: modern Kitchen by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

KITCHENS: The Bovingdon

Cue & Co of London

23. Make and use your own compost for your garden

 Garden  by Mundo Garden
Mundo Garden

Compost Modular

Mundo Garden

24. Ride your bike to work instead of taking the car

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage: classic Garage/shed by Garageflex
Garageflex

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage

Garageflex

25. Buy reduced fresh food in the supermarket, prepare it at home and freeze straight away for low-cost meals

modern Kitchen by e15
e15

Cutting board CUT

e15
e15
e15

26. Make your own blinds with fabric remnants

27. Don't buy flowers! Display foliage and blooms from your garden

Broadgates Road SW18: modern Study/office by BTL Property LTD
BTL Property LTD

Broadgates Road SW18

BTL Property LTD

28. Swap expensive bubble bath for cheap and healthy Epsom salts

29. Tear up old bed linen to use as cleaning rags

Folk: country Bedroom by Pixers

30. Enjoy candlelit baths instead of having the main light on

31. Make your own decorative garlands from leftover craft supplies

Double storey extension for artist in Bishopston, Bristol: modern Bedroom by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects
Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

Double storey extension for artist in Bishopston, Bristol

Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects

For some fun DIY project inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 20 Economical DIY Projects Everyone Can Manage.

Which of these ideas are you keen to try?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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