June is the month where many Canadians feel like they can really kick off summer! There’s something about the warmer temperatures and longer days that has such a positive impact on us.
Summer also gives up some savings strategies that just don’t apply to winter. Here are 3 tips for summer savings that can really add up.
Air conditioning. Be conservative when you use - and don’t use - your air conditioning. You don’t have to suffer through sweltering heat, but just be more aware of when you actually need to turn it on. If you’re leaving for the day, or the weekend, do you need to keep the air conditioning on? Or, if it is going to be a cool night, turn off the air before heading to bed and open a few windows. The other consideration is to replace the air conditioner filters. You can easily overlook this, and a dirty filter can increase your cooling costs significantly.
Cook outside. Using the stove or baking can create a lot of excess heat that has nowhere to go except in your house. Consider taking meal plans to the barbecue grill outside. The upside of this tip is that cooking outside can easily turn into a fun picnic for the family.
Hang it up! If you have the ability to hang up laundry outside, let the sun and warm summer breeze save you some on your energy bill. The upside of this tip is you'll be amazed at how fresh your clothes smell.