Itâ€™s easy to let spending get out of control during the summer months. The kids are out of school, people are on vacation, and the air conditioning is running 24/7.
Here are 8 simple ways you can save money this summer without sacrificing your way of life:
1. Turn Up or Turn Off the Air Conditioning
For each degree you reduce your air conditioning, itâ€™s estimated youâ€™ll save 3 percent on your utility bills. When night falls, try turning your air conditioning off, opening the windows, and turning on a fan.
2. Donâ€™t Water the Grass
You will greatly reduce your homeâ€™s water bill simply by not watering your grass everyday, or by implementing xeriscape landscaping ideas, which use plants that donâ€™t require a lot of water. Generally, itâ€™s best to water grass every five to seven days.
If youâ€™re not sure how to get started carpooling, there are several sites to help you connect with others. One is eRideShare. This site is useful because not only does it help you find carpoolers wanting to share rides to work, but also to the airport, hospital, and shops. The site also helps parents connect to carpool their kids to club meetings, school, and sport practices.
4. Plan a Staycation
Planning a staycation is a great way to save money this summer. You could take your kids swimming, go for a picnic, and spend lazy afternoons in your hammock. Not only would you save a chunk of change, but it would likely be far more relaxing than spending a week flying to and navigating through an unfamiliar city.
5. Plant a Garden
Starting a home vegetable garden is not only a great way to exercise, itâ€™s also the best way to source healthy, pesticide-free food. You can easily grow organic food at home, and save significantly compared to what youâ€™d pay at the grocery store.
6. Do a Home Energy Audit
You can save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year with a home energy audit, which is when an energy professional comes into your home and audits your energy use. They help you uncover energy leaks, and make suggestions for improving your homeâ€™s energy efficiency.
7. Turn Down Your Hot Water
According to the USDE, we spend $310 to $400 or more each year heating water for our homes. Turning down your hot water heater is an easy way to save money on this expense. And most likely, you wonâ€™t even notice the difference â€” until you see the savings in your electric bill.
8. Switch to a Push Mower
How much money do you spend each year buying gas for your lawn mower? If you have a large yard, then chances are you spend a lot. Switching to a push reel mower cuts this expense entirely out of the equation.
Another benefit to push reel mowers is that you drastically cut the greenhouse gases you emit into the atmosphere with a lawnmower.
Last, youâ€™ll get a lot more exercise with a push mower. If you mow twice a week, this could enable you to skip a trip or two to the gym.
article adapted from Huffington Post