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5 Eco Friendly Home Tips to Save Money This Summer

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Summer time is a great time for spending outdoors and enjoying all that summer has to offer. Although, one aspect of summer that is not fun is coping with the heat in your home, and spending more money to keep it cool!  What if I told you there are ways to keep more money in your pocket, and keep the earth happier, would that make your day? I thought so.  Here are eco friendly home tips to help your wallet and give back to Mother Earth.

ELECTRICITY: Between air conditioning, fans, and swamp coolers – all of these run on electricity.  In the summer months these appliances use up large quantities of energy, and later to money out of your pocket.  Consider using darkening window treatments in rooms that have a lot of heat gain in the summer.  These treatments will keep your home cooler, and will help you save electricity. If you own blinds or shutters, close them so they face towards the ceiling.  This will keep heat levels lower, and will help slow fading of your furniture upholstery and carpet.  When using air conditioning set it at the warmest temperature you can feel comfortable inside your home.  While some would think 80 degrees is warm – it’s a lot cooler than 103 outside your home!

WATER: If you have a lawn irrigation system, set the timer to water in early morning.  Grass that is not stressed from the day’s heat will absorb less water, and it will help it grow stronger. There are several green irrigation practices you can follow for watering your landscaping. Consider using drip or rain water collection systems to water your plants.  Inside your home, conserve water by taking short showers over long bathtub soaks. Another water saving tip,  install low flow shower heads and save money. These shower heads are especially good for renters, because they are removable and can go to your next home.

ENERGY AUDIT: Your local electricity provider offers energy audits of your home.  Schedule for a representative to visit your home and walk through tips for saving energy. Tips can range from changing incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to washing clothes in cold water in the laundry room.  Energy audits are usually a free service, and will help you learn about your home, and saving money.

SEAL OUT AIR: Make sure your attic in your home has ample insulation. You can save 20-25% off your energy bill, and your home will feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.   Check windows and doors for air leaks around them.  Caulk around windows, and use weather stripping to help your home keep its cool temperatures. Think of the money you will save if the hot summer air isn’t trickling in!

ACTIVITIES: Want to really save money during the summer in your home? Get out of the house! Participate in activities outside of your home – movie theaters, shopping centers, libraries, etc…  For a few hours, it will help you forget about the heat, and your wallet can have a break too!

Freshome readers, share your eco friendly ways to save money in your home this summer!  Do you already follow some of these tips, or have you found new ones?

8 comments

  • Jessica Johnson July 19, 2010 at 17:20 PM Login to Reply →

    In our apartment we make sure the weather stripping is in good condition, and we have thick drapery to help keep out some of the morning sun. Thankfully in the evening we can turn off the A/C, open the windows and enjoy the cool breezes.

    One thing I initially thought would be difficult in an apartment was conserving water since all appliances are provided. We are planning to replace the shower head, but for the most part we make sure water isn’t wasted when we clean our clothes, dishes, and ourselves. My next challenge is to devise a way to collect rain water on a fully covered 2nd floor patio.

    My suggestions: A soda bottle filled with water and a few rocks that sits inside the toilet tank helps to conserve some water with each flush. Don’t run the water if you aren’t using it (i.e. teeth brushing, shaving, washing dishes by hand, etc.) and keep the air filter clean for your A/C unit.

  • RoniqueGibson July 19, 2010 at 17:55 PM Login to Reply →

    Jessica, what great ideas! Like you said apartment living can be more challenging, but it sounds like you have thought of some good solutions to conserve resources, and save money.

    Love the idea about the soda bottle, and the air filter! Also make sure your faucets don’t leak.. and especially in the toilet! Sometimes we forget that the toilet is suppose to shut off after filling.. if it keeps trickling it needs to be looked at. :o) Good ones Jessica.

  • Kitchen Renovations July 20, 2010 at 04:01 AM Login to Reply →

    One more Energy Saving Tip:
    If one is using Fan, check its wings moving in proper direction. It matters a lot, if fan wings are not properly set and direction is not proper, you get less cooling while energy consumption will be same.

    To make sure, these does not happen, when summer starts, call your electrician and tell him to check your Fan wings and direction.

    Between thanx for all other tips you have provided. Very useful post.

  • tapet July 20, 2010 at 08:34 AM Login to Reply →

    you can put the curtains with black-out sistem to save the money

  • Brenda July 21, 2010 at 01:22 AM Login to Reply →

    Nice tips you got here. Another way to save on gas, groceries and bills is by using coupon codes. As a mom, I can say that these coupons help me a lot…

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