COMPETITION: Win a box full of household goodies!

Miss Thrifty285 June 19, 2011

british gas competition

British Gas has kindly provided the prizes for my latest giveaway – to win a £50 gift box packed with household goodies. (Well, I’ve been fairly quiet these past couple of weeks, so thought I would come back with a bang!)

The winner’s box will contain the following prizes:

– Eco Leaf Kitchen Roll
– Eco Leaf Multi Surface Cleaner
– Ecover Stain Remover
– Ecover Bathroom Cleaner
– Ecover Washing Up Liquid
– Fair Trade rubber gloves
– Eco Zone Dryer Balls
– 3 Sarah Smith Fair Trade Tea Towels
– Green Living by Design Magazine
– Stand By Saver – Plug Adapter

As you may have noted, there’s a theme there: saving energy. British Gas recently ran a survey, which discovered that although 74% of people were likely to spring clean this year, just 21% were likely to make any energy saving improvements. This, despite the potential savings of £322 per household. It has now dedicated a section of its website to energy-saving tips.

TO ENTER: Tell me what energy saving tip has worked best for you. Perhaps it is as simple as loft insulation… or do you have a lesser-known trick up your sleeve? Either way, I want to hear about it – so leave a comment!

If you follow Miss Thrifty on Facebook, you can enter twice: here, and also on the Miss Thrifty Facebook page.

The closing date is 6 pm GMT on Thursday 30 June 2011, and I’ll be selecting the winner at random, using a number generator. Good luck!

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285 Responses to “COMPETITION: Win a box full of household goodies!

Greig spencer says:

kids padding pool water to water the plants/flowers etc

June 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

carol phile says:

I water the flowers with the water my dog doesn’t drink as he will only drink from his bowl once then won’t touch it yunless it’s fresh

June 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Janet says:

I’ve got a great kettle which allows me to boil just one cup of water at a time. Also no dishwasher which makes a great difference to water useage. Take showers not baths (a lot easier to do in the summer than the winter!)

June 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

pam cooper says:

use a kettle with cups line on the side fill accordingly

June 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Kate Lynn says:

Do as many baking jobs as possible on the same day to save using the oven too often. I have also banned the family from heating up the oen for just one small meat pie!

July 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

Leonie Sanford says:

Shower, not bath

July 1, 2011 at 2:29 am

natalie holland says:

Only put on the dishwasher when it’s totally full. I’m always telling off my parents because they put the dishwasher on when it’s only quarter full!! At worst, you can wash up the couple of extra pans that may result in waiting!

July 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

christina says:

On cold nights, cosy up on the sofa with your other half under a warm blanket/throw. Saves putting the heating on (and fun too)!

July 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

Leslie Evans says:

I have had 17 solar panels fitted to my roof.

July 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

sarah tulley says:

lots of layers in the winter to save heating

July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

lisa prince says:

we have compost bins, make our own veg, recyle everything possible give unwanted to charity,have cavity wall insulation , double glaze windows, and never leave any plug not been used on and never us e the standby button, we try to read and do things that dont involve electricty and the kids share baths to save there too but with 7 kids and us 2 adults we need to x

July 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

katherine grieve says:

i will always tell the children to put another layer on before i will put the heating on.

July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

Victoria Savill says:

Using an energy monitor and seeing our money going down the drain has drastically helped reduce our electric usage

July 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

Crystal says:

For me it’s definitely using draught excluders . We have really cute ones ~ they’re like Sausage Dogs !

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July 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

nicola webb says:

i line the wall behind the radiators with tin foil, it stops the heat escaping outside and bounces it back into the room, making it warmer so can turn the thermostat down

July 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Bernadette Blundell says:

we have loft insulation and its been fab not had to use the heating half as much

July 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

helen jones says:

No more tumble drier. Trying to line dry as much as possible even for a couple of hours and then using a clothese airer in a south facing room to catch a bit of sun however little, it saves a fortune.

July 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Nathalie Taylor says:

In my house we wrap up warm to save on heating, use any left over water for the garden, shower instead of bath and no longer use dishwasher or tumble dryer.

July 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

Tracy Gladman says:

I have about five water butts. Can’t get better than free rainwater to water the garden.

July 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Rebecca Denyer says:

I have a shower instead of a bath and insist my boyfriend joins me to save water 😉

July 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Abi Prokop says:

My teenager is fined for each light he leaves on after leaving a room or any appliance still running – no more coming home to lights/ tv and music in every room while he’s in the bath!

July 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Wendy Collard says:

If i’m using the oven, I bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having my oven on and freezing it for later 🙂

July 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Rach says:

energy saving lightbulbs. When we changed to them our electricity consumption went through the floor.

July 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

deborah davies says:

collect rain water for watering the garden. :o)

July 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

sandy hallett says:

My biggest energy saver – blankets and jumpers – put them on and keep the heating off!

July 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

susan willshee says:

Best energy saving tip is to make switching off and unplugging items part of your regular bedtime routine. Make a little route around the house and check that you have; unplugged any chargers which are not actively charging items; switched the kettle off at the plug; switched off the TV/Digibox/games console; turned off all lights.
If you build this routine into your night before going to bed you can be sure that nothing is left on and using energy unnecessarily

July 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Jen says:

the kids share baths to save on water (and gas to heat it) they also enjoy it and see it as fun playtime together before bed 🙂 x

July 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Sue Harrison says:

Save cooking energy.. buy in bulk, batch bake and freeze for later 🙂

July 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Mandy 'Roberts' James says:

I batch bake, so the oven is used for the same length of time but cook a few dishes together, therefore saving energy, I have energy saving lightbulbs through out the house, an energy monitor to keep an eye on what we are using and also a water saver on the shower and we use saver sockets to turn off all appliances and sockets at nighttime.

July 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Greg says:


July 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Kirsty Fox says:

A few weeks ago when we had the really hot weather our water butt was empty so when we took a shower we put the plug in the bath and then me and hubby filled up a bucket with the bath water and watered the plants with it.

July 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Helen says:

In the colder months, I keep the heating turned on and the thermostat down at the minimum of 10 deg whenever I am out. When I am home I turn it up to between 16-20 degs (depending on how cold it is outside!). As the house is already minimally warm, it does not take so long to heat up and does not take so much effort to keep the heat level maintained. I wear thicker jumpers and always have a rug on the sofa and keep the living room door closed to keep the heat in the room. Also, I do not heat the bedroom. I sleep much better in a cooler room as my body temperature regulates itself better. When I go to bed I let the residual heat from the living area float up to the bedroom and this is enough to move around in while I am preparing for bed.

July 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Adriana says:

I make my dinner during the day so I can cook with natural light and make pasta salads or ceuidites so no need to re heat. Making several meals at the same time saves power and time!!

July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Margaret Dunlop says:

Forget the tumble dryer….try and wash on a good drying day

July 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

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