Tips for elderly to stay frugal

We deal with many elderly and vulnerable individuals who are living alone and they say that saving energy and money are two of the most important factors for them.

As the cost of living is rising it’s important to save where you can, so we’ve put together some handy hints to help you or an elderly relative/friend/neighbour:

Switch off lighting

Lighting often amounts to 8% of household bills so switching off where you can, can have a huge impact on your energy consumption. You could also replace traditional bulbs with energy saving ones.

Consider your technology

Did you know that a laptop uses 85% less energy than a desktop PC? They’re also super portable so it’s worth considering using one instead of bulky desktops.

When replacing a TV, don’t be swayed by big flash flat screens as they cost more to run.

Keep vehicles in good condition to save money

Cars can be one of our biggest expenses. Check your tyre pressure, remove clutter from your boot and always switch off your engine when stationary. Surplus weight means you’ll use more fuel so reduce this weight to save money.

Watch out when watering the garden

Using water hoses can be expensive so use watering cans instead to limit the amount you’re using. You could also water early in the morning and late in the evening when it’s cooler to help prevent water loss.