Summer is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people associate it with a nice leisure time by the beach on a vacation trip to some beautiful exotic country. Some find the summer to be completely unbearable and exhausting as they cannot afford to go on vacation and are forced to spend the entirety of the hottest season trapped in the concrete and glass jungle of the big city.
However, to financially savvy people, the summer season is the best time of the year when it comes to cutting certain expenses and saving some money in the long run. So, for those who wouldn’t necessarily describe themselves as an expert in the field of finance, we decided to share a few tips that will help anyone save money in the summer.
Turn Up the AC
According to Energy Star, cooling and heating take up about half of the energy used in an average household. That said, we wouldn’t recommend turning off the air conditioner altogether, especially if it is hot as hell both outside and inside. But, for starters, you could get yourself a mobile air conditioner. A device like that eats up far less energy since it is designed with smaller cooling areas in mind. And if you already have a regular AC unit and do not feel like investing in any more of these things, you could always turn it up by a couple of degrees. It won’t feel like a huge difference to you comfort-wise but those additional couple of degrees will actually allow you to save up to 10% on your utility bills.
Unplug Unused Devices and Appliances
It may not be a surprise to you but the majority of people are probably unaware of the fact that anything that is plugged into a wall outlet continues to drain electricity whether it is being used or not. Of course, you should never unplug your refrigerator, your alarm clock, or any essential appliance that is an important part of your life. However, you can (and should) unplug your smartphone or your camera charger. That said, the biggest culprit is usually your entertainment system. Send your PC to a sleep mode the moment you’re done using it, turn off the telly, unplug the DVD player and your gaming console.
Choose A Better Place for the Upcoming Vacation
Now, going on a vacation might seem counterintuitive to the idea of saving money. But hear us out. Naturally, we’re not suggesting to spend your money on a business-class ticket to Maldives, check in the most expensive hotel, and waste thousands of pounds on exotic cocktails and all kinds of lavish entertainment. All we’re saying is that if you were planning on spending some of your vacation days in a different kind of scenery, you might want to consider staying away from expensive cities with their overpriced hotels. Instead, you could go camping in one of the numerous national parks, saving some money and acquiring a whole lot of amazing memories at the same time.
Close the Curtains
Unfortunately, the summer season doesn’t just bring with it beautiful sunny view but also heat and humidity. So, by opening your curtains, you’re inviting humidity into your home along with the sunlight. With that additional humidity, your air conditioner will have to work overtime in order to bring the temperature down to an acceptable level. And if the idea of sitting in a flat with closed curtains sounds a bit too bleak for your taste, you should, at the very least, close them when you leave home so your flat won’t heat up in your absence.
Of course, that’s not necessarily an available option to most people that rent a flat. However, those people who have that opportunity should definitely take full advantage of it. Even the most sophisticated stoves and ovens generate a lot of heat, heat that raises the temperature in your house since it can’t travel anywhere else. By taking your meals to the barbecue grill, you will be able to keep your house cool. Plus, every type of food tastes better when it is prepared outside, so you will have countless opportunities to enjoy a much more quality meal.
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