10 Tips for Saving Money in the Summer Heat

10 Tips for Saving Money in the Summer Heat

The south is notorious for its scorching summers, and Texas is the worst reaching over 100° F for weeks on end without any relief. Some years the south doesn’t even receive a gradual introduction into summer, and the spring months of March through May just turn into an early summer. That’s why it’s important to prepare for summer early, as it can often arrive without any warning. Here are some easy frugal tips for saving money in the summer heat.

1. Replace filters

Dirty A/C filters can force your air conditioning to work harder than it should, so invest in air filters and remember to change them regularly.

2. Turn up the air

Every morning before work, turn the A/C up 5° F and turn on any fans to help circulate the air. This will prevent you from expending unneeded energy when there is no one home to enjoy it. Don’t turn your A/C off completely while you’re out or you will use more energy later trying to get the temperature back down to reasonable levels.

3. Have the A/C inspected

If you know that your air conditioning isn’t exactly new, then it may be a better investment to contact your trusted A/C repair company and have them inspect its efficiency to ensure that your unit will survive the summer. Doing so will save you from having to buy a new air conditioner as well as a good chunk of money.

4. Open the windows

When you are home and a decent breeze is rolling through, turn off the air conditioning and open all the windows in your home, even the doors. With the blinds and windows already open, turn off the lights and take advantage of the sunshine.

5. Beware of blackout days

During the hottest months you should regularly check the news as well as your electricity provider’s website for blackout days.  With summer getting hotter and hotter every year, electricity providers are beginning to do more blackout days, which means that your air conditioning and electricity can be cut off for hours at a time.  Providers do this to help lessen energy consumption and strain on electricity grids. Be prepared for these days and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration during these hours.

6. Check the hot water tank

Turn down the maximum temperature on your water heater. With the warmer weather you are more likely to want a colder shower anyways, so don’t force your water heater to expend the energy to heat up all that water. A suggested temperature would be around 120° F.

7. Use water only in the morning

Only use large amounts of water during the coolest times of the day. Such activities may include showering, watering the lawn, running the dishwasher and doing laundry.

8. Fill up the washing machine and dishwasher

When it comes to laundry and washing the dishes, make sure that each machine is full so that you can get the maximum usage out of the water and energy used. After washing, allow clothing and dishes to air dry.

9. Avoid using the oven and stove

Grill outside! If you can’t grill outside or don’t own one, then there is still hope. Slow cookers and pressure cookers expend less energy than the oven or stove, so put these underappreciated appliances to work.

10. Save money with apps

This tip isn’t exclusive for saving money during summer heat waves, but will save you money year-round (and summer is kind of year-round in parts of the south anyway). Use apps like The Weather Channel to keep track of when particularly hot days are coming so you can better prepare your home and clothing choices. For more money saving apps, check out this article about frugal tips for saving money.

16 Responses

  • Posted by Maggie on Apr 2, 2013

    What great tips! I had never thought that by not changing my filters I was using my energy than if I had bought new ones! I will be changing my filters more often now!

  • Posted by Rebecca Springer on Dec 27, 2015

    I’m really lovcing the theme/design of your web site.

  • Posted by Faith Glover on Jan 1, 2016

    Anal skin tags are really embarrassing. But you do not need to get embarrassed any more. This video will show you how to get rid of them naturally and safely at home.

  • Posted by Diane Davidson on Jan 1, 2016

    I must show my admiration for your generosity giving support to women who really need help on this important subject. Your personal commitment to getting the solution up and down turned out to be certainly practical and have consistently encouraged regular people like me to realize their objectives. Your entire insightful help and advice can mean much to me and even more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from everyone of us.

  • Posted by Katherine Martin on Jan 2, 2016

    This page definitely has all the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  • Posted by Tim Payne on Jan 5, 2016

    Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a appropriate deal. I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent idea

  • Posted by Stewart Sharp on Jan 6, 2016

    Considerably, this publish is definitely the sweetest on this notable subject. I harmonise with your conclusions and will thirstily seem ahead to your incoming updates. Stating thanks will not just be ample, for the phenomenal clarity in your composing. I will directly get your rss feed to stay informed of any updates. Admirable do the job and considerably accomplishment in your enterprise dealings!&nbsp Please excuse my poor English as it is not my initially tongue.

  • Posted by Irene Powell on Jan 6, 2016

    Good day I am so happy I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  • Posted by Rachel Russell on Jan 7, 2016

    This blog is no doubt entertaining and also amusing. I have picked up a bunch of handy things out of it. I’d love to return again and again. Cheers!

  • Posted by Grace King on Jan 8, 2016

    Thanks for every other informative site. Where else may I get that type of info written in such a perfect method? I’ve a undertaking that I’m just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  • Posted by Thomas Ball on Jan 9, 2016

    Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information particularly the last part I care for such information much. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  • Posted by James Hughes on Jan 10, 2016

    Can I just say what a comfort to uncover an individual who really knows what they’re talking about over the internet. You actually know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to read this and understand this side of the story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popular given that you surely have the gift.

  • Posted by Ruth Smith on Jan 12, 2016

    Can I simply say what a reduction to seek out somebody who really is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You positively know the right way to bring a difficulty to light and make it important. Extra individuals must learn this and understand this side of the story. I cant consider youre no more fashionable since you positively have the gift.

  • Posted by Warren Randall on Jan 12, 2016

    Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  • Posted by Jack Allan on Jan 13, 2016

    Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will often come back from now on. I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

  • Posted by Carolyn Lambert on Jan 13, 2016

    For newest information you have to pay a visit world wide web and on web I found this website as a finest site for hottest updates.

Post a Comment

Join thousands of people who have saved money on their monthly bills.