The Frugally-Minded Tree-Hugger's Guide to Summertime Savings

Christy | 11:37 AM |

Now that winter's over, it's time for sun, vacations, and ice cream. The end of winter means that now you will be using the air conditioner instead of the heater, so big electric bills are unfortunately a symptom of the summertime. Here are some tips to help you cut back on your summertime energy usage to save some money:

1. Ditch The Charcoal Grill

Take a tip from the professionals, and the best steakhouses, and switch over to a gas grill. Not only does charcoal cost a hefty amount, but charcoal has also been found to be harmful to our environment, and our own health. Whether you choose to go with propane or natural gas, you’ll have more control of the temperature and therefore more evenly cooked food.

2. Turn the Air Down and Go Outside When It's Nice

Instead of taking refuge in the air conditioning all day, spend a little bit of time outside. You will see lower energy bills, and you will get some fresh air at the same time. Take advantage of dog parks, water parks, or just sitting out in your own yard with a good book and a hammock.

3. Get Control of Your Home

Having an automated home system installed will help you cut down on the power bills when you’re at home, or if you’re away on vacation. From your office, or even three thousand miles away, you will be able to adjust your thermostat settings, and an automation system will also take care of the things that you forget to do - such as turning the lights off.

4. Replace Your Air Filters

A clogged air filter will make the air conditioner work harder to pull cool air in. Replace your air filters before the beginning of the Summer season so that you won't feel the need to replace them again in the future. Replacing air filters regularly will help make sure that you won't end up with allergies, and you will subsequently have less dust around the house as well.

5. Have a Smoothie for Lunch

A fruit smoothie doesn't need to be cooked, so it won’t heat up your house, and you can sneak a vegetable or two in there for the kiddos. Smoothies also provide your body with water that tends to get depleted quickly during hot summer months, so smoothies are also delicious and perfect for the summer.
Is it possible to save money during the summer months? Of course! Keeping yourself, your home, and your family cool doesn’t have to be a pain, or expensive. Enjoy the warm months to come, make memories, and help out our little blue and green planet by doing your part, and making it a happier and healthier world.

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