Summer Savings on the Road and at Home
You may notice your wallet begin to sweat a bit as the summer heats up. That comfortable air conditioning runs up the electricity bill, and gas prices, typically higher in the summer, make that family vacation more expensive than expected. With a little planning though, the frugal consumer can actually take advantage of the summer months and save money while enjoying the season.
Unless you live in the Arctic, your air conditioning is likely running non-stop throughout the summer. The cold air might feel great, but your electrical bill will be burning. No one is suggesting that you swelter all summer long, but consider taking advantage of cool and breezy nights. Turn your air conditioning off after the sun sets and open some windows. The cool summer breeze can be quite enjoyable after dinner!
While weâ€™re talking about air conditioning, itâ€™s important to make sure your HVAC system is functioning as well as it should. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you should change your homeâ€™s air filter at least once every three months. A dirty filter wastes energy, putting a dent in your wallet. That dirty filter can even be hazardous to your health; the buildup of dirt and dust can aggravate allergies.
Although it may seem a little rustic, the summer heat can allow you to quickly dry your laundry outdoors. Putting up that old clothesline can save you a chunk of money while that energy-loving dryer sits idle.
Everyone loves a barbeque! Why not enjoy the beautiful summer weather and make it a weekly staple? Weekend barbecues are not only fun and inexpensive family activities; theyâ€™re a great way to save on energy cost. In addition to sucking up a good bit of electricity, using a stove also traps a lot of heat in your home â€“ heat which makes your air conditioning work harder. So get outside and enjoy summer evenings while saving money!
According to the EPA, gas prices typically begin to rise after Memorial Day. Donâ€™t let higher gas prices hinder your summer road trip. Instead, take steps to improve your gas mileage which will offset the higher cost of fuel.
- Make sure you tire pressure is correct. Poor tire pressure reduces gas mileage.
- Use cruise control on the highway. Constant acceleration and deceleration uses more gas.
- Avoid rough roads; driving on gravel can reduce your gas mileage significantly.
- Donâ€™t speed. Although you might get there faster, the increased wind resistance at higher speeds robs you of fuel efficiency.
Donâ€™t let bills ruin the season. You can save money while having a great summer by following these tips.
You can find more energy saving tips at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/