Ah, summer time. Nice weather, no school and time for vacays and spending time outdoors. But... it’s not unusual for water and electric bills to double during the summer months. Here are some tips to help you save.
Turn the temp on the thermostat up A common mistake is setting indoor temperatures too low. This, combined with a poorly managed air conditioner, will make your electricity usage rates skyrocket. Make sure that your air conditioner is in proper working condition by changing the filter and making sure that it is properly maintained.
Limit water usage The downside of summer fun such as running through the sprinkler is that such activities are water intensive. To avoid drastically high water and sewer bills, limit usage. Only water your lawn and your garden when you have to, and when you do so, keep an eye on how saturated your lawn is becoming. Also, only fill up your pool when necessary. If you have an above ground pool, try not to refill it too often.
Grill outside It doesn’t matter whether you choose gas or charcoal – what does matter is that you’re not using the stove or oven in your kitchen. This will lower your gas bill, as natural gas is more expensive than both charcoal and propane.
Dry en plein aire String up a clothesline in your backyard and hang up some of your bulkier items such as sheets and towels - that take forever to dry in your clothes dryer.