With the rising cost of living many people are having to look at ways of saving money – and unfortunately caravan holidays are no exception.
Here we look at 10 ways to cut the cost of holiday caravanning.
Be energy efficient
Many holiday caravans are hooked up to gas cyclinders and are on a metered electricity supply. With the cost of these utilities increasing, no doubt your park operator will have to pass these extra costs on with higher prices for customers. So, it’s time to start thinking about how you can reduce your bills.
Utilita suggests five simple changes you can take to cut your energy costs quite considerably:
- Turn the heating down by 1 degree
- Turn down your hot water tap temperature
- Avoid leaving things on standby and unplug your gadgets. Did you know things like TVs and game consoles left on standby can cost you around £16.24 each per year? And leaving the dishwasher and kettle on can also cost around £4.87 a year.
- Turn lights and lamps off in unoccupied rooms
- Use a 30C degree wash instead of 40 or 60
Other ways to reduce your energy costs are by turning external lights off at night. Do you need to light up your holiday caravan in the evening?
Batch cooking meals means you have your oven or hob on in one go rather than more regularly.
One top tip we found was to boil your kettle and fill up the hot water into a flask. The water will stay hot for when you need to make your next brew and will save having to boil the kettle again!
2. Hire out your holiday caravan
Some owners hire out their holiday caravan for financial gain and it’s a great way of raising some extra money to help pay for your site fees, holiday caravan insurance, and maintenance – or even paying off the cost of buying your unit. Just check your park will allow you to do this first and that your insurance policy has cover for hiring out.
Hiring out cover is available to Leisuredays’ policyholders as an optional extra and will cover your holiday caravan for damage by the hirer, as well as loss of rental income if your unit becomes uninhabitable for bookings due to insured damage.
3. Use solar lights
Swap wired lighting for solar lights to light up your decking or outside verandah.
4. Dusk to dawn bulbs
Reduce energy wastage by swapping your outdoor light bulbs for LED dusk to dawn light bulbs. An LED bulb will use fewer watts of energy and they will only come on when the light drops and turn themselves off when the sun comes up!
5. Tackle those cleaning jobs
If you usually pay a company to clean your static caravan or to clean your decking why not save some money and tackle these jobs yourself.
6. Get on yer bike and stay local!
To save money on rising petrol costs, why not use public transport or a bit of pedal power to get out and about. Staying local will mean you use less fuel and cycling or using public transport will mean no parking costs.
Using the campsite facilities and the free things around the caravan site, such as walking around the local area won’t cost you a penny, neither will a trip to the beach or local park.
Also, consider using public transport – it will probably be less than fuel and parking costs.
Plus there are often many local free attractions, such as museums, local exhibitions, art galleries etc.
7. Shop local
Doing your shopping when you get to your holiday park destination will mean a lighter car which will use less fuel than a car laden with food shopping. You could even opt for your weekly shop to be delivered to your holiday caravan if your site allows it.
8. Reduce takeaways and snacks out
Cutting down on takeaways will mean more money in your pocket, as will cutting down on expensive alcoholic drinks.
Consider also taking your own hot drinks, and even a picnic, on days out in a flask rather than going to a cafe and paying premium prices.
9. Discount codes
Look out for discount codes for days out, fuel and shopping. Booking ahead online for attraction tickets is often cheaper than paying on the door. Also check your bank account to see if it has a rewards scheme or cashback at certain retailers.
10. Underfloor insulation
When temperatures drop heating a holiday caravan can be expensive. Consider additional underfloor insulation to reduce your heating costs and help to keep the warmth inside your caravan. It also helps to protect your caravan foor and reduces the risks of rodents nesting. Ask your park operator for approved suppliers.
Over to you…
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