The third strange week and the second week of lock-down. Hope everyone is keeping well.
To save on energy bills
Go round the house looking at everything that's plugged into a socket.
There are quite a lot of things that use energy even if the are not being used. I now turn off my microwave at the plug and leave the door ajar after using it because it dawned on me that maybe the reason the last microwave went rusty was because the door gets shut when the inside is still steamy and damp. So the timer lights are now off all the time except when the microwave is actually in use.
The plug on my DAB radio used to feel warm even when the radio wasn't on, so that always gets turned off at the plug nowadays.
I always leap up and turn off the phone charger when it bleeps at me for full battery, if I don't do this it gets forgotten.
Now we're on BST it will be lighter later in the evenings so that should help - just stay in bed longer in the mornings so you don't need lights when you get up!
Turn thermostats down and wear extra layers, thick socks and a hat help too.
When you boil a kettle don't put too much water in or you could tip excess into a flask for later.
Fill the oven when you cook
Use the coolest and shortest wash cycle possible and wear clothes until they are actually dirty then as you are at home you can pick the right day to do the washing so it can be hung it out rather than automatically shoving it all in the dryer.
Actually that's a good idea for always saving money - THINK! is what I'm doing wasting money? and could I do it differently to save instead?
There are loads of energy saving tips on line
Energy saving trust HERE
Money supermarket HERE
and many other places.
Yesterday was a horrible day here in Suffolk, a really cold wind with snow, rain and hail showers. In one of the sunny spells I got the bike out to see if the house down the road had eggs out for sale - and they did - handy. It was hard work biking home - head wind. I was glad to get in and light the fire.
Different people have been walking past the house and down the meadow footpath all week, and I need to get the other "Please Clear Up After Your Dog" sign up on my new gate, I fixed one on a tree at the other end of the meadow months ago, but with lots of new people using the footpath I found dog poo on the meadow - Angry face!.
Col's sister and husband also live at the end of a lane with a footpath through the farm yard, H said it's been crazy with people walking and it's even worse for them as they have two dogs,who bark at strangers, she said they seem to be forever looking to see why they are barking and having to call the dogs in as people walk by.
I brought in my first 3 Tulips - small but perfectly formed. This is the third year for them and I should have dug them up and fed the bed last autumn and just replanted the best bulbs, as now I've got lots of leaves and only short small flower buds. Note to Self.