Don’t despair, repair!
- A simple repair could give an item a new lease of life and save you money too. Check whether it might be easy and cheap for an expert to make the repair for you or search online for guides to making simple repairs.
- There is a growing online community which supports fixing stuff by sharing free helpful instructions and videos. You can look for advice online at places like: ifixit.com, or dummies.com
- Why not visit one of the 8 Devon Repair Cafés that are run by the community for the community. Skilled and talented menders give their time and expertise for free to help people fix items that might have otherwise been thrown away. Visit our Repair Cafe page for more information.
- When shopping for electrical items, look for longer-lasting and harder-wearing products. You are likely to save money in the long run as you won’t have to replace them so often.
- Why not ask friends and family for recommendations and even try before you buy, by asking if you can borrow items such as vacuums and small electricals? That way you can ensure you buy the right product for you.
- When you’re buying a new appliance for your new home, look out for its energy label. The energy label tells you how much energy that appliance uses, comparing it to similar appliances. Find appliances that use the least amount of energy by looking for ones that are rated A or better.
Small electricals are important too!
- Invest in longer lasting items like electrical razors and toothbrushes.
- Fit energy efficient LED light bulbs, you won’t have to change them so often and you will save energy too.
- Put rechargeable batteries in all your battery powered items and save having to buy batteries all the time.