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Top 3 Money Saving Tips for Summertime

SAVE MONEY TIPSSummer is by far my least favorite season. Staying cool can be expensive, especially if you rely on central air conditioning. I’m trying to save some money, so I’ve been doing some research on how to cut back on my energy bill.

Tip #1 : Buy a portable air conditioner with a SEER (Seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 10.00 or better.

Portable air conditioners are really popular this season. Compared to a central air cooling system, portable air conditioners save money by allowing you to “spot cool” only 1 room versus your entire house. Plus, they’re pretty affordable! They cost anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on the brand and BTU (British thermal unit). Higher BTU numbers mean that the unit can cool a larger room. For an average sized room, 10,000 BTU should be just about right.

One thing to look for when shopping for a portable air conditioner is the SEER, or Seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is calculated by dividing the cooling power of the AC by the energy consumption of the unit. Larger SEERs means that the AC produces a lot of cooling power while using less energy. For portable ACs, anything over 10 is very energy conserving. And in addition to saving money, you are helping to save the earth.

Tip #2 : Change out your lightbulbs to energy saving fluorescent bulbs.

I cringe when I walk into someone’s home and see them using old school incandescent light bulbs. A typical old school incandescent light bulb produces 60W of lighting and uses 60W electricity. An energy saving bulb produces 60W of lighting and uses 12W of electricity. That’s 80% less electricity! Think of how many light bulbs you have in your home, and do the math. Trust me, it adds up!

Tip #3 : Chill out at the beach with a big bucket of ice, a cup of salt, and a 6 pack of beer.

The best way to cut back on your energy is to avoid using electricity in the first place. One unbearably hot days, get out of your house and hang out at the beach with a big bucket of beer. Also, I learned on Mythbusters that the fastest and most efficient way to chill a beer is to immerse in a bucket of ice, water, and salt. Salt lowers the freezing point of the water, meaning that the water can go below 0 degrees celsius without turning to ice.

Or if you insist on staying indoors, you can’t go wrong with a USB powered beer chiller!

What money saving tips do you have to share? I would love to hear, please leave a comment!

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  1. ciscogrove said:
    on August 1st at 02:09 pm

    Saving money makes sense any time of the year, right? Well, why not continue that summer time practice into fall, winter and spring?

    If it works during the summer, it’ll probably work the rest of the year. I fully realize you don’t use AC in the winter. But, if you using it less or raising the thermostat, you can do the same with heat.

    Regardless of what you decide to do, actually sit down and take an inventory of what you can do now and what you can do for as cheap as possible.

    Then move onto the more expensive fixes and cures.

    In any event, use common sense and you’ll save a ton.

  2. gkr said:
    on August 4th at 11:56 am

    In winter we had a habit of taking bath with hot water. A lot of energy is spent in heating the water during cold winters. But this is not needed for the summer. We can take bath with cold water as early as possible in the morning. This will make your mind fresh and you have a complete day ahead to plan for.

    Take a walk during the evenings so that you will get tired and that will help you as an exercise. There will be no need to do rigorous exercise in the morning. This will save you great deal of time in the morning which you can definitely use to make some money.

    I think that many people nowadays do not use the incandescent lamps except only for the nights’ sleep which consumes very less energy. But you can avoid switching on the lights too early in the evening and in the morning as the summer light will have extended timings. If you have great many windows you can enjoy the morning sunlight and do some yoga or scripture reading.

    In winter we can save money by going to bed early and using thick blankets instead of heating the whole house. Do not open windows in the winter to avoid cold air to come inside and also to avoid mosquitoes which enjoy their winter.

  3. David said:
    on September 7th at 10:23 am

    Write yourself a check


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  5. Money magneto said:
    on August 6th at 04:06 am

    Cut down on Junk foods – Burgers, fizzy drinks, sweets, potato crisps and takeaways are more expensive and do not nourish your body like the less cheaper vegetables, fruits and water.

    Avoid using credit cards – Do not buy anything you can not afford with a credit card. Credit cards are an expensive way of borrowing than your local bank loan which offers better rates and better terms for you.

    Saving account – Put your saved money in a high interest savings account. Banks such as Kaupthing Edge offer saving rate of over 6.50%

  6. Monica said:
    on August 22nd at 05:10 am

    Let your buzz word be “save,save,save,”saving money makes sense any time of the year, right? So we can go into summer,autum and winter with that in mind, or can’t we?

    Records all out goings and in-comings(earnings versus spendings)-just have it regulated and you’ll see some improvements.

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    on December 3rd at 06:23 am

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