Home Economics Resource Management : Management of Resources

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  • Created on: 02-05-13 13:32

MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES

  • Time
  • Energy
  • Money

Time management

  • important that time is given to necessary routines & socialising
  • important every individual has free time and family time
  • more women work so important that all able members of the family share household chores, according to age,physical heath and capabilities
  • children expected to take responsibiltiy age appropriate tasks as children grow up more equitable division of time, so no single member is overburdened.
  • parent need to be responsible for childrens time for school work and bed times to ensure enough sleep to cope with school and work
  • consideration should be given about task that need to be done daily and others less frequently, when distributing chores

Time and energy saving techniques

  • timers - allow household appliance to be set to prgram so they can operate alone while other activies can be completed. e.g dishwasher
  • email- quicker than waiting for the post, saving also on the postal fee and phone bill, saves frustration of delayed post
  • labour saving equipment- food mixers/processors save both time and energy
  • fridges/freezers- can store perishable foods so that shopping needs to be done less frequently, bulk cooking can be saved for another day saving time on cooking
  • news items, radio & TV- can be acceseed by internet so you don't have to be at home to see or hear a broadcast allowing you to get on with other things

Energy Management

  • Includes personal human enrgy as weel as fuel and heat energy (points for human energy in time management)
  • Human energy involved in running & maintaining a home, any feature/equipment aimed to make home easy to clean and managemnt save time and human energy
  • Well designed house that is suitable size will save time& energy, effort not wasted on unused space or cramped spaced that is difficult to maintain
  • Easy to clean surfaces with be easy to clean minimise dust and dirt collecting
  • Easily accessible storage, things can be stored saves time looking for things
  • Technological fixtures- lighting, heating, air-con. controlled by sensors/thermostat easy to get confortable living environment
  • Temperture controls- setting on heating, fridges save energy kwwp temperature regular without manual attention
  • Dishwashers/washingmachines save human energy, can be set then left. however careful in terms of electrical energy used should only be used when full.

Reducing fuel energy

  • Fuel energy is major household cost, can be reduced with effective insulation and right heating system
  • New housing must comply with building regulations that stipulate need for good inslulation. - can be added if not addequate in orginal build
  • Cavity wall insulation & double glazing
  • Hot water cylinder lagged to save fuel energy
  • Central heating prgrammed to come on when needed, only when house has people in, radiators set to specific temperatures
  • Temperature setting on hot water can be set according to household needs
  • lower temperature settings make it easier to save money on water/space heating
  • solar power- expensive to install but cheap

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