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Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

Want to save bucks? Here are 7 easy ways to cut down your electrical bill this winter.

Want an easy way to save money? Here are 7 tips to help you cut down on your electrical account this winter.

Winter is around the corner, and the TastyMoments team reckons it’s going to a cold one this year. And, with everyone trying to save bucks, we thought we’d give you a couple of low-effort tips to save electricity and money this winter.

1. Use Your Microwave Instead of Your Oven

Microwaves are incredibly energy efficient. According to the experts, a microwave uses approximately 80% less power than conventional ovens. And with delicious comfort food ready-meals like those from Nice ‘nEasy, you’ve got even more reason to use this appliance for cooking your quick dinners this winter.

2. Switch Off the Heat Drying Setting On Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are incredibly energy-efficient, especially when you do the dishes without the heat drying function. Instead – we recommend you air or hand dry your dishes to save anywhere between 15%-50% power per load. Other tips include washing only full loads and placing the dishes into the machine without rinsing. Modern dishwashers are built to remove stuck-on gunk. So it’s really an unnecessary waste of water and power to rinse your dishes beforehand.

3. Unplug Everything You Don’t Use

Did you know that standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use? Yip, even while the device or appliance is sitting dormant, it draws a small amount of power to ensure it’s ready for you when you need it. You can save a chunk by simply encouraging your family to unplug any electrical device that isn’t being used at that moment.

4. Keep Your Windows and Doors Shut

When it’s cold, it’s best to “trap” the heat in your home by keeping your doors and windows shut. Of course, ensure ventilation and that you get enough fresh air. But try to keep access points to large areas in your home closed up. The trapped heat will mean that you will need less power to heat up the room when it gets really cold at night.

5. Use Hot Water Bottles or Microwaveable Heat Packs Instead of Electric Blankets

No one likes getting into a chilly bed – but electric blankets are energy guzzlers, especially when left on overnight. Instead, heat a “rice bag” in the microwave or fill up an old-fashioned water bottle to keep your toes toasty warm at night. Also, use blankets instead of a bar heater to keep you snug thought the evening. TOP TIP – You can easily make a rice bag at home and save even more bucks.

6. Keep an Eye on Your Geyser

You can save quite a bit of money by getting a relatively cheap geyser blanket to help retain the heat in your tank for longer. Also, switch off your geyser when you’re not using it. Alternatively, get a geyser timer (you may need a plumber to install this) to automatically switch your geyser on and off over set periods. Even reducing your water temperature down from 65 degrees to 60 degrees results in a saving of almost 15% in a three-person household.

So, let’s all pull together and save electricity (and money) this winter. It may just help Eskom keep the lights on during periods of significant power use.

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5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try it!

5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try it!

5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try

5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try it!

5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try it!

For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time

5 Delicious, nutritious easy-peasy variations on a classic vegetable soup. And 5 reasons why you should try

5 Ways to keep your family warm, happy and healthy (bonus!) during the colder months. And the 5 reasons why you should try it!

Everyone is happy if there are some Ital Pizza Slices or pizza pops on the table. Especially if they can dip them into a steaming bowl of hearty soup. Healthy dinner ideas actually come easy if you get the family to tuck into their 5 daily portions of vegetables all in one yummy go – by making soup!

There are a few important reasons you should serve these comforting delights during the colder months. The TastyMoments team is suggesting some veg based soup options that contain a mass of disease-fighting nutrients. What’s more, they are so good and more-ish that your family will not even realise that they’re eating the good stuff. Here are some excellent reasons why.

Vegetable-based soups boost the immune system

We all know that winter can bring with it crisp, refreshing days – but also colds and flu. And with our old friend COVID still hanging around, let’s get the immune systems going to avoid the doctors’ rooms.

Soups keep the family fuller for longer

Studies have shown that people report feeling satisfied for longer after a soup meal. And those with full tummies are always much happier, whatever the circumstances.

It keeps the family hydrated

During the summer months, we perspire and naturally get thirsty – to water, we go. But when it’s chilly, a glass of water is not our go-to place. Because of its high water content, soups are the ideal way to make sure your family gets in their daily liquids.

Veggies are not only superfoods; they are inexpensive

If you’ve recently looked at the cost of medicines, you will have one more reason to reach for the vegetables to ward off the dreaded lurgies.

They freeze well

Consider the time saving if you could simply warm up a soup at the day’s end. And, if you are lucky enough to have an air fryer, you can pop those pizza slices in there and have a ready-made meal in 10 minutes flat.

Because chomping your way through a cold salad in winter is ‘not a look’, here’s a general idea. Get some onions, leeks, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, butternut, celery, green beans, broccoli, potatoes – or any combination thereof – into the fridge. Always start with frying a few onions on low heat, add the garlic for a minute and then roughly chop some tomatoes. The base is done. Now, add whatever you have in the veg drawer, salt and pepper, and blitz in the blender. It’s as easy as that.

1. Beef and Barley

You can turn your base into a beef and barley masterpiece by frying the beef with the onions and simply add a handful of barley when your soup is on the boil.

2. Minestrone Anyone?

Add some pasta shapes, and you’ll have a wanna-be minestrone. Or some curry powder and potatoes will add an exotic twist which will have them coming back for more.

3. Creamy Chicken Delight

Leftover chicken, a chicken stock cube and cream will turn your soup into a gourmet meal.

4. Onion Soup

Remember those melted cheese slices of baguette on a classic French onion soup? Simply use your Ital Pizza slices as a more exciting alternative.

5. Mean Beans

If you soak some beans overnight (any beans – or even split peas – will do), you will add some additional body and sustenance. Even a tin of baked beans will do the trick.

If the soup is ever a bit bland, instead of adding more salt, try lemon juice, a small glass of white wine, some herbs a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Top Tip: If the vegetable drawer looks a bit sorry for itself, a bag of frozen vegetables and some tinned tomatoes will do just fine. Now, go soup it up!

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