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Summer Savings

Published on April 22nd, 2015

Summer is on its way. Not only does the warmth of the season allow for more outdoor activities and fun, it is also an opportunity to save money. Try the following so you have more cash left over to enjoy all that summer has to offer.

#1: Turn the A/C off.

Don’t make yourself miserable by sitting in a sweltering home on hot summer days, but allow natural air to cool your home when the weather allows it. For example, if it cools off to a comfortable temperature during the night, turn the A/C off and open windows while you sleep. Using your HVAC system less will save you on electricity bills.

#2: Replace your A/C filter(s).

Dirty filters restrict air flow and make your air conditioning work harder and less efficiently, using more energy and increasing heating and cooling costs. Experts recommend you replace your filter once a month, but once a season may suffice. Filters are cheap and can be found at hardware stores, and are quick and easy to replace.

#3: Leave laundry outside to dry.

If you have a patio or deck, it is a perfect place to hang laundry on a warm, sunny day. Using your dryer not only uses up energy, but it can also spread heat throughout your home, making your air conditioner run longer.

#4: Cook outside.

Similar to using your clothes dryer, your oven and stove may significantly raise the temperature inside, and your A/C will work harder and longer. Take advantage of your barbecue grill on hot days and cook your meals outside.

#5: Plan ahead for gardening projects.

The end of spring and beginning of summer is the most popular time of year for homeowners to stock up on gardening tools and materials, and stores who sell such items are aware, often raising prices. Buy these items toward the end of summer and beginning of fall, when they are on sale.

 

Courtesy of About Money
http://financialplan.about.com/od/savingmoney/qt/summertips.htm

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