recession tips

Housing industry faces recession

by Chris Lang on June 1, 2012
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Not often do we get to see the words ‘recession’ and ‘housing’ in the same sentence (at least where Australia is concerned). But this fortnight the dreaded ‘R’ word appeared in two press releases, and considering the source – HIA, the voice of the housing industry – I’d say things don’t…

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8 tips to cut your home bills

by Chris Lang on September 9, 2009
8 tips to cut your home bills

Cut home billsI’ve talked all about energy efficient new houses, but the reality is most of us are living in established homes. Does it mean there is nothing we can do about our energy bills?

Of course not. Here is a list of 8 things that are easy enough to do, affordable enough to implement and worth doing to pay less for cooling, heating and water. Some of these are really straight forward and I am probably not introducing new concepts – but never mind that, they still work if you give them a try.

To save water

1. Plant native plants in your garden. They are drought-tolerant and won’t consume as much water as non-native ones.

2. Replace the shower heads to water saving ones. You won’t notice the difference in the shower – but you sure will in the bill.

3. If it leaks, fix it. All the taps, inside and outside your house, all the torn drippers, everything. Do not forget to check for leaking toilets..

To save energy

4. Replace your regular light globes with energy-saving ones. Yes, they cost more, but they last longer and consume much less power so it’s worth it.

5. Replace your lighting fittings with the ones that have a ceiling fan. It will help you save on energy in the summer as well as in the winter.

During the hot months circulating air will make the room feel cooler (as much as 8 degrees cooler!), which consequently can reduce your air conditioning bills by up to 40%.

During the cold months you can run the ceiling fan in a reverse order, to push the hot air from near the ceiling (where it normally gets by laws of physics) down towards the floor. This can reduce your heating bills by 10%.

6. Use rebates available to you to insulate your house for free. It will make it cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and reduce your bills.

7. If your house has external blinds (most houses do), close them in hot days. Less sun will gets in, the temperature will be lower when you come home and you won’t have to run the aircon as much.

8. Finally, the most obvious (yet most commonly forgotten) tip: turn the lights off when you leave the room. Duh, you say… but if I had a coin for every time my partner had forgotten the light on, for the whole day, with nobody in the house, I would be filthy rich by now :)

Got any tips of your own to cut the cost of home bills?

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Household survival tips – How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

by Chris Lang on December 19, 2008
Household survival tips - How to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies

A year ago I wouldn’t even think to write about something as depressing and disturbing as disasters and emergencies, but with all the recent events it looks like the right thing to do. Recession (or depression, as many call it already) can bring a lot of things with it – including power outages, interrupted supply of water and gas, shortage in the supply of food and God knows what else.

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Household survival tips – how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 2)

by Chris Lang on December 16, 2008
Household survival tips - how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 2)

6. Cancel memberships that don’t do much for you.

Do you have memberships in clubs you are not interested in any more? Cancel them and save that money.

7. Cancel your newspaper / magazine subscriptions.

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Household survival tips – how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 1)

by Chris Lang on December 12, 2008
Household survival tips - how to take control of your family budget and spend less (part 1)

Scientists will back me up on this one – shopping makes people feel better. And the more stressed we are, the stronger the urge to spend some money is. It is important to know that much about the human nature to be able to control ourselves – especially when the economy is in slow-down and money-wise we’re heading towards some unsettling times.

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Household survival tips – how to make (and save) more money

by Chris Lang on December 7, 2008
Household survival tips - how to make (and save) more money

Recession is an unpredictable period of time when anything can happen. Companies let people go, businesses close down and being financially ready for anything will help your stress go away and you won’t be as worried for your family.

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Household survival tips – 8 proven ideas to save on fuel

by Chris Lang on November 29, 2008
Household survival tips - 8 proven ideas to save on fuel

Looking at our family budget, the amounts we spend on petrol are kind of hard to miss. We drive a lot, and in many cases there is no way around it. Recession or no recession, people still have to get to work, drive the kids to schools and go shopping. But there is a way around paying a lot for the petrol.

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Household survival tips: 6 ways to entertain your family for less

by Chris Lang on November 25, 2008
Household survival tips: 6 ways to entertain your family for less

No need to explain that entertaining at home saves you money and the larger your family is – the more you save. Watching your budget is the number one task to safely get your family through recession, but these tips will help you to do much more than that. They will allow your family to become closer by creating traditions that will enhance your bond and make you a stronger family.

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Get through recession with household survival tips

by Chris Lang on November 20, 2008
Get through recession with household survival tips

It seems to me that all we hear lately is recession, recession, recession. The economy is in downturn, the interest rates are being slashed, the unemployment is on the rise, jobs are at stake and people are panicking.

This has to stop.

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