Raise your hand if you like paying your energy bills! *dead silence*. We all hate bills, but unfortunately, chances are we’re going to be paying them for the rest of our lives. What we can do, however, is reduce the size of what we have to pay. Pretty much all household bills can be considerably reduced, but none more so that your energy bills. Since 1990, households across the country have had the choice to switch who provides their gas and electricity, a choice hundreds of thousands of people across the country have still not taken advantage of. For a variety of reasons, consumers in the UK still haven’t bothered to switch their tariff, leaving them on the most expensive tariffs the market has to offer. What are these reasons? Who knows, but here’s the reasons you should be switching right now.
According to The Guardian, the number of flat sharers in their 40s has risen dramatically of late. Those of us with small homes but a yearning for a pleasant, personalised living space might feel restricted, but here are some tips and tricks for maximising the design potential of your mini abode.
A garden is a wonderful place to take time out and relax, and no matter the size of your available space, it is only natural that you want to make the most of it. A nice patio, for example, is a great addition to a small flat or house, and in the summer months you can take in what little sun we get in the UK and enjoy it! The garden is also a great place for socialising; you might throw a party or enjoy a barbecue, and invite friends and family to join you for some food and a few drinks, but wouldn’t it be great if you could also do this during the colder months of the year?
There has been a rise in housesitting opportunities across the world recently, with many websites dedicated to connecting the perfect match of empty home and willing sitter. Some offer a space to stay whilst owners travel, and others look for opportunities to trade with another.
Whilst it obviously carries its own risks, trusting a stranger within your property or being responsible for someone else’s home, you could also reap the benefits. Trading with another in America or Singapore could give you the chance to see the world for just the price of the airfare.
I have just spent the best day of my summer sat out in our garden. The weather wasn’t particularly brilliant, but it didn’t rain. The garden was mowed last weekend, but it could do with another cut. Even the flowers which I planted last year have come out and are showing their colours, but they could do with a bit of water right now.
It has come to me late in life but we all knew that it was going to come. When you work a normal 9-5 job in the week, you tend to lose the ability to do anything else during this time. Evenings become more recovery time than actual enjoyment and it soon becomes clear that you are not going to get anything productive achieved.
With our window of the really good summer weather opening and closing pretty quickly, we need to make sure that we can maximise our time out in the garden. We work hard all week and this is our time to relax, recharge and enjoy our time off.