Charging Rent To The Devices Squatting In Your Family Home
No matter your situation, the chances are that your electricity bill is one of the most painful to arrive every month. Energy is far from cheap, and when you have a large family, it doesn’t take long for the costs to skyrocket. In most modern homes, we all have separate television, computers, and such. Not to mention that you all probably spend significant portions of time in different rooms. So, you can add lighting to that list. Before you know it, you’re struggling to scrape enough together each month to cover the costs.
It can be a real source of concern. This is especially the case during these long winter months when you have the heating bill to contend with as well. On top of which, the long days of the season mean that the lights go on earlier, and you spend more time in the home. All of which contributes to the already enormous bill you’ve been attempting to keep at bay all year.
It’s no wonder, then, that the situation often reaches a boiling point around now. The worse case scenario is that you just can’t afford the cost, or that you have to compromise in other areas to do so. That’s no way to live, and you’ll all feel the sting from moves like these. The good news is, there are ways to cut your electricity costs, and they may not be what you’re expecting.
One thing few of us consider, when turning off lights and ensuring nothing’s on standby, is that electricals have money-making capabilities of their own. With that in mind, you could stand to cover the costs of your electricity bill. It may be a different way of approaching the issue, but it’s one that stands the highest chance of saving you money. After all, cutting back on electricity is rarely something we stick to. Your kids would definitely have a thing or two to say about it. Instead, this allows you to continue using what you need while ensuring you won’t pay for it down the line.
But, what are these magical money making solutions, we hear you cry. Well, read on to find out!
The literal route
We’re going to start with a point which is so obvious it’ll bring tears to your eyes when you hear it. Every home across the country likely has a drawer filled with phones, and a basement brimming with old consoles. As well as cluttering your house, these are wasted money. In fact, if you added together the cost of all those machines, your electricity bill might not seem so scary after all!
Given that you’ve spent all that money on these items, it seems a crying shame that you would just let them sit and rot. Not to mention that having these around the place is annoying. You know you’ll never use them again, but you can’t quite bring yourself to get rid. There was all that expense, after all!
Well, fear no more. The simple solution to this issue is to sell your old phones and television sets to companies like buybackexpress.com. Or, you could head onto selling sites on social media and appeal to people in the local area. Either way, this is a fantastic way to make money on electricals you don’t cherish anymore. As well as giving your home a much-needed de-clutter, this is a sure way to make a lot of cash back. If your home is anything like most, you stand to earn a fair amount. That stuff you didn’t think was worth the time of day could well pay for a month or two of your electricity costs. And, if you keep up with this process on a regular basis, the old electricals can keep on giving.
Of course, the machines you use at current can also pay their way when the bill rolls around. The most apparent money-making potential lies with your computer. It isn’t unusual in the modern age for people to subsidise their living this way. In fact, some even make a full-time pursuit of the task. One of the first things to consider here is starting a blog. If you have a niche topic which you’re passionate about, you stand to earn a fair amount this way. As can be seen on sites like createandgo.co, some bloggers even manage to earn $100,000 a month.
That would be more than enough to pay your electricity bill. That said, many more bloggers earn around the $1,000 a month mark. Money like that could still make a significant difference! Bear in mind that, to make blogging work, you’ll need to develop a voice and a steady uploading schedule.
And, blogging isn’t the only exciting prospect computers hold. You could also start a YouTube channel and try to make money using Google’s AdSense program. This is much like blogging, only in video format instead. Bear in mind that there is some expense involved from the off, here. Cameras and decent lighting don’t always come cheap. You’ll also need to consider editing software before you can expect any real results from this outlet.
Or, you could take an even easier route, and sign up for sites like panelbase.com. Here, you sign up to take part in surveys for various companies, the majority of which offer cash rewards. Once your finances reach a certain point, you’ll then be free to transfer those funds to your bank. Bear in mind that it’s unlikely you’ll make a fortune doing this. But, it’ll undoubtedly provide pocket money. That will at least help towards those electrical costs.
In the modern age, most of us have our mobile phones close to hand at all times of the day. Barely a moment goes by without us picking them up for one reason or another. Far from being modes of communication, these devices are our go-to for everything from fact-finding to reading.
Of course, the observant among you may be wondering how mobile phones contribute to electrical costs. After all, our phone bills are a whole other matter. But, consider, too, that you charge your phone each night using electricity from home. So, your mobile contributes more to the household bill than you may have considered.
With this in mind, it’s worth thinking about ways to make money on these handheld devices. The good news is, as can be seen from sites like www.thepennyhoarder.com, there are many apps which can help you do just that. Take a look to get a larger picture. Apps worth mentioning include InboxDollars, where you stand to get paid for just playing games, and Shopkick, where you can make money while shopping. There is an app for any purpose, and they all stand to either earn you cash or gift cards. Sure, those gift cards may not pay the bills, but they allow you to shuffle your money without suffering. So, you could argue that they do, in a roundabout way.
Admittedly, the options for making money on your television are less. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any out there. Namely, if you fancy getting paid to watch tv, you could become a Netflix tagger. Within this position, you’ll need to watch Netflix shows, and develop tags which make them easier for viewers to find. Netflix offers both full and part-time jobs in this role, and the genres you’ll need to watch vary from day to day. Bear in mind that you’ll need to be able to remain objective to make this work. The job isn’t about what you think of those shows. It’s just down to you to develop a suitable tagging system.
If you don’t think you could keep your opinions out of the mix, why not incorporate television and computers into one by starting a television/movie reviewing blog? This is a fantastic way to break into the blogging world mentioned at the start of this post. If you make a success of this, it’s also an excellent way to make good use of time spent in front of the box. Remember, though, that you would need to make your reviews informative. If your style is too bland, you’ll struggle to make a go of this. Instead of keeping your opinion at bay, make sure your personality shines through. That way, you can develop a decent following in no time.
So, forget turning off when you don’t want to. Don’t worry about shouting at the kids to switch off their consoles. Now, your electrical items can start to pay their way. It’s about time, too. You wouldn’t let anything else become such a large part of your home without charging it rent. Admittedly, many of these options take more effort than you might expect. But, when you consider how much money you’re spending, the chances are it’ll be an effort you’re more than willing to make. One thing’s for sure; it’ll beat continually trying and failing to keep those costs down.