With baby number two due in just five weeks time I am conserving my own energy levels wherever and whenever possible, although this is not always easy to do with a bouncy, bubbly, two year old boy tearing around.
I am also aware from previous experience that energy usage around the household can increase enormously with the arrival of a new baby. Major contributors to this usage tend to be:
- The washing machine. In those first few months the laundry basket appears to take on a life of its own and is never, ever, empty! Muslins, baby-grows, blankets, bibs…they just keep coming.
- The tumble dryer. All that washing has to dry somewhere.
- The TV. A lot more evenings and afternoons curled up on the sofa, often too tired to move, tends to mean a sharp rise in time spent channel-hopping.
- The bath. Never will the bathtub see the amount of use it will see when a new baby arrives.
It would appear Casa B is not alone in this finding. New research by E.ON has revealed that most parents (64%) use more energy in the first two months of their little bundle’s arrival, with almost a fifth finding their energy use went up considerably.
This of course will have financial implications for the household budget.
As any new parent will know, this is not the only thing to make a serious dent in your wallet with the birth of your child. What about the gadgets? We all know Dads love the gadgets!
E.ON’s findings revealed that on average, new parents spend £700 on baby gadgets in the first two months after the arrival of their baby.
So, what can be done to try and stay in control of these escalating costs? Here are a few top tips for new parents:
- Review your energy tariff and make sure you are getting the best possible deal. (To find out more about E.ON’s simpler tariffs visit eonenergy.com).
- Try and avoid using the tumble dryer. Cutting down by one load a week could take around £30 off your electricity bill. If the sun is out use your washing line. If not make use of an indoor clothes horse. If you find you really need to put the dryer on give your washing an extra spin in the washing machine first-it will dry much faster.
- There will be lots of extra time spent awake at night. Try using energy efficient LED night-lights around the house instead of switching on the main lights at night.
- When bathing the baby use a small baby-tub or a baby bath divider. There is no need to fill the whole bathtub. Using a bath thermometer to get the temperature right will also save on using lots of hot water only to then have to cool it down.
- Ensure the room where your baby sleeps is draught free. Use of a simple draught excluder can be very effective and cheaper than dialing up the thermostat.
- Consider renting or hiring some baby gadgets rather than buying new. The NCT often run rental schemes and remember to check out any local ‘nearly-new’ sales.
E.ON are also offering one of my readers the chance to win a fabulous energy-saving new baby hamper, including a £100 Love to Shop Voucher.
I was lucky enough to receive one too and here it is…
The lucky winner will receive an identical hamper containing the following gorgeous goodies to help you with the arrival of your new baby:
- One Baby Dam bath divider.
- One Union Jack draught excluder.
- One Brother Max digital bath and room thermometer.
- Two Dryer Max Dryer Balls to help cut down tumble-drying time.
- Two 24hour manual plug-in timers.
- Two puppy night-lights.
- One Love to Shop Voucher worth £1oo!
To enter please use the Rafflecopter below AND leave me a comment sharing your best money-saving tip after the arrival of a new baby. Bonus entries can also be gained via the Rafflecopter in the usual ways.
Best of luck!
Disclosure: I have been supplied with the hamper featured in this post, containing the contents as stated, by E.ON Energy UK.