We’re now mid-way through our Live LAGOM programme and I thought I’d give you an update on our progress. We had our shopping trip with Ana from Ikea in December and we’ve been using our products for about three months.
We purchased some new thermal curtains, curtain liners and some throws for our bed. Our bedroom was always cold but once we started to use our new products we felt so much warmer 🙂 We also used the throws in the living room, they’re great to snuggle under whilst watching TV in the evening. As a result of using the throws in the evening we were able to turn down the thermostat on the boiler as we were lovely and warm 🙂
We were hoping to see a difference in our energy bills as a result of turning down the thermostat. I looked back over our bills for the last year to see how much energy we were consuming –
Gas Meter Readings Units of Gas Used
25/9/2015 8015 Read
25/10/2015 8049 Read 34
31/1/2016 8364 Read 315 roughly 100 units per month
28/2/2016 8456 Read 92
22/3/2016 8530 Read 74
24/11/2016 8806 Read
29/1/2017 8997 Estimated
25/3/2017 9215 Read 409 from 24/11/2016 – 25/3/2017 roughly 100 units per month
Electricity Meter Readings Units of Electricity Used
25/9/2015 34817 Read
25/10/2015 35259 Read 442
31/1/2016 36871 Read 1612 roughly 400 units per month
28/2/2016 37315 Read 444
22/3/2016 37729 Read 414
24/11/2016 41428 Read
31/1/2017 42643 Estimate
25/3/2017 43563 Read 2135 roughly 400 units per month
As you can see from the above figures we’re still consuming roughly the same amount of energy as we were this time last year, so turning down the thermostat and using the throws and curtains unfortunately hasn’t shown a difference in consumption.
Another area we decided to concentrate on was the kitchen. We wanted to try and reduce our food waste. We purchased some of the Ikea 365+ dry food storage jars to use in our cupboards. It’s so much easier to see how much food you currently have in the cupboard.
We were in the habit of buying food that we didn’t realise that we already had but this doesn’t happen any more and our cupboards are so much tidier! Another change that I’ve made was to write out a shopping list before we go food shopping and so far I’ve managed to just buy what we actually need! Our weekly shopping bill has fallen and I’m also trying to meal plan each week, but that doesn’t always happen :(!
I’ve been trying to use the same train of thought in the fridge as well and it looks so much tidier and you can quickly see that food that’s stored in it. This makes it so much easier to see the food and therefore it gets used and doesn’t get forgotten about!
As a results of these small changes our weekly shopping bill has fallen from about £50 to around £45, which means roughly an annual saving of £260!
By deciding to make my lunch at home and taking in into work I have managed to reduce my weekly spend at work. By taking my lunch in with me rather than buying a £4 lunch, roughly equates to monthly saving of £72 and an annual saving of £864!
We’re moving house in just over four weeks and we’re looking forward to trying to make our new home as energy efficient as we can and seeing if we can grow some of our food which will reduce our food bill even more!