It’s easy to get wrapped up in the festive season, but let’s not forget Christmas can also be a great time to give back and make those great changes in time for the New Year. We take a look at four ways you can give back this Christmas and four ways you can save yourself some money for the New Year.
Donate your old coat
Many of us treat ourselves to a new winter coat each year, but what do we do with our old ones? As the weather is changing, it can be difficult without a winter jacket. Give your old coat to someone who is struggling, or donate it to a local charity or shop.
Gift your spare Christmas Cards
We all buy Christmas cards each year, to let the people we care about know we are thinking of them over the holiday. If you happen to have a few spare cards this year, why not get the family together and fill the cards with inspiring messages and give them to people who may not receive any this year.
Share your leftover food
Giving your leftover food to the homeless is the easiest way to share, without breaking the bank. If you have a homeless person around your street or area, and you have leftovers from your Christmas feast, why not plate up the food and share it with someone in need.
Giveaway any unused gifts
Whilst making room for those extra presents you will be receiving this Christmas, why not clear out the old gifts you may not have used? There are many charities available that you can donate your old gifts to, and it cost’s nothing to do it!
Cavity wall insulation
Your house can lose up to 33% of its heat through uninsulated external walls, installing cavity wall insulation in your home will not only help to decrease your heating bill by saving energy, it will also reduce your carbon footprint. If you are looking for a way to help the environment and cut down your energy bills this Christmas/New year insulating your walls would be a great start!
Invest in your own source of renewable energy
Putting solar panels on your roof can be a great investment, it can reduce your energy bills and you can receive return investment if you generate more electricity than you use. The sun is also a renewable energy source, so you will also be doing your bit to help fight climate change!
According to the National Insulation Association, your loft is responsible for 25% of all the heat loss in your home. That means if you were to insulate your loft, by theory your bills would be 25% lower then what they already are! Loft insulation is a cost-effective investment that pays for itself very quickly, and your savings will only rise as heating and cooling prices increase!
Draught proofing your home
If you can control the ventilation within you home, you can help reduce condensation and damp as your letting the fresh air in only when needed! To draught-proof your home is really simple, all you need to do is block up any unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm out. Draught-proofing is something that you can have done professionally or you can carry out yourself with the right materials.
For more advice on how to make some of these changes and start saving today, click here or call 01926 516 059