Friday, 19 June 2009 10:29
For some, summer means the kids are off of school, summer vacations, and more travel. That usually equates to spending more money. Here are some tips to help you save this summer.
Cooling Your House
Having the air conditioner running 24/7 gets expensive. Make sure to turn the thermostat up or the air conditioner completely off when no one is at home. Also, take advantage of cool nights and open windows. Use a fan to make the most of your cooling efforts. A fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. Use the ceiling fan in the counter-clockwise direction for maximum cooling.
Dry Clothes Outside
Drying your clothes outside can save you money on energy and also bring back those memories of childhood when your mom or grandma used to dry clothes outside. Some neighborhoods restrict the use of clothes hangers, but they usually allow for portable ones that you can take down while not in use. Check with your association to make sure.
Ditch the Car
Summer is the perfect time to walk or bike to your destination saving you money on gas and mileage on your car. Pick activities that are close to home that you and your family can safely bike or walk to. If you live where it is unsafe to do this, drive your car part of the way and walk the remainder.
Pack a Lunch
If you are going to the pool or some other summer event, pack your food or snacks to avoid having to buy something there. This includes packing bottled water and other beverages, the price of bottled water and sodas at an event can really add up.
Cooking outside is a summer staple, but did you know it can save you money on energy as well as your dining out bill. Also, cooking inside increases the heat of your home which causes the air conditioner to work harder. Make sure to check out local farmers’ markets for fresh produce for your summer cooking to save money and support your local community.
Take advantage of events in your community that are free. Most towns have festivals and summer music festivals. Also, consider canceling your cable in the summer since you’ll be watching less tv or cancel your gym membership for the summer since you can work-out outside.