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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Utility Bills This Summer

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If I remember right, we had an unbelievably hot summer last year and utility bills were at their highest. This year has not been quite as warm, yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save some money on your utility bills this summer. Utility bills can be somewhat relative depending on where you live, but there are still some common things you can do to keep some money in your pocket as opposed to sending it to the utility company each month.

#1 Use Those Windows, Not the Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is a fairly common luxury for most of us and one that I love to use. However, this does not mean that you need or should run it all the time as they only increase your utility bills. I was recently outside near my neighbor’s house on a 65 degree day and the air conditioning unit was running constantly. This is simply a waste. The outside air was plenty cool and they could have just opened the windows and saved themselves some money.

With that being said, I know we all have our own comfort levels in relation to air conditioning. Just make sure you realize there is a balance to be had. If it’s going to be an unseasonably cool week then give your air conditioner a break. Your wallet will thank you.

#2 Use a Programmable Thermostat to Cut Your Utility Bills

Programmable thermostats can cost as little as $20, or more if you want a fancy one, and they can pay for themselves in just a few short months. If your family is outside of the house during the day, then why are you cooling your house for nobody? It just doesn’t make any sense.

Instead, program your thermostat to let the temperature rise in your house during the day and then begin cooling it off an hour before you get home. This is a simple way you can save money on utility bills this summer, not to mention during the winter.

#3 Enjoy Your Porch or Deck in the Evenings

Instead of cranking your air conditioner when you get home from work, why not enjoy your porch or deck instead? This is assuming you have one of course. :-) The breeze and the shade will likely keep these areas cool enough to eat your meals and hang out. Open your windows once it begins to cool off and then enjoy your home for the rest of the night. No air conditioner needed.

#4 Do Not Use Your Stove or Oven as Often

Heating up meals in your house will only make things hotter and cause your air conditioner to run more often. There are many other options outside of simply using the stove that can help relieve some of the stress on your utility bills. As opposed to warming up the stove, you can do things like preparing a salad from your garden to grilling. Not only will that cause your air conditioner to work less, but it can also open up more options if you’re trying to eat healthy.

#5 Water the Grass Early

Many people water the grass in the middle of the day or early in the evening. While this does help the grass grow somewhat, it’s not the optimal time to give your lawn a drink. To save on water, turn your sprinklers on in the morning. The water will properly soak the roots and keep your lawn and plants nourished throughout the entire day.

By watering early, you won’t have to expend as much H2O, and your grass will look more green and luscious.

#6 Relocate Your Bedroom

This might sound like a strange one, but I have heard of many people relocating their bedroom when summer time rolls around. If your bedroom is upstairs where it is hottest, instead of blasting the air conditioning to bring the temperature down, consider picking up your mattress and moving it to the basement for a few weeks (during those really hot stretches). You will be more comfortable and will save a bunch of money on your utility bills.

 

What are you doing to save money on utility bills this summer? Is there a certain temperature that you avoid going outside in? Have you ever moved your bedroom temporarily to save money?

 

 

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16 comments

  1. The weather has not been too hot this year so far, so we have been able to go air conditioner-less except for one night. This past Sunday was kind of a cool and rainy day so we opted to forego the BBQ and cooked meat loaf in he oven instead. Well it warmed up and I was so hot during dinner after that heat generated by the oven. I had to go outside to cool off. Blamed it on a hot flash! ha ha
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  2. Almost every room in our new house has a ceiling fan and it helps a lot! We just keep them going until it gets so hot we have to turn the air on.
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  3. These are great tips!! We have been lucky that it has been a somewhat mild summer here and we didn’t have to turn on the A/C until late in June. And I love the summertime because we not only use the oven less which saves energy on the house but it means we are grilling more and I love not only the taste of grilled foods but the fact that the clean up is super easy. :-)
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  4. I actually do not have an air conditioner in my house, but my 1/2 finished basement is nice and cool during the summer! But a little too cold in the winter…
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  5. We live in an apartment and there is no cross ventilation…so even when it isn’t too hot outside at night, it is still very stuffy inside. I can try one of those dual fans that is supposed to pull out the hot air and bring in the cooler air. We also go out on the balcony where it’s a lot cooler.
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  6. I think the programmable thermostat is the best way to save. I love ours and it has saved us good money. Our new house is older, but it stays very cool in the rooms throughout the day due how the sun travels overhead.
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  7. Great tips, John! Saving money on your electric bill is easy when you know where to make cuts. A high electric bill can be a source of great stress for many struggling consumers like me.
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  8. I love opening the windows! I love the fresh air especially when there is a nice breeze. That is one of my favorite things about the summer : )
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