5 Tips to Save Money During the Summer


Did you know that you can do different things at different times of the year to save money? For example, turning up the thermostat a couple of degrees in the summer and putting it down a couple of degrees in the winter can make a big difference on your heating bill. The best part-- you probably won't even feel the difference, but you will notice the savings! Below are some other helpful things you can try to save money during the summer.

1. Install Solar Panels

The sun provides loads of free energy to the planet, so why not take advantage of it? By installing solar panels, you can collect the sun's energy and turn it into electricity. It's best to install solar panels in the summer, as they are usually placed on a roof, and trying to do this during a snowy winter would be both difficult and dangerous-- especially if you are trying to do it yourself.

What is the total solar panel cost, including installation? That depends on how many solar panels you are getting and where you are getting them from. Like any other item, the cost can vary between businesses.

2. Save Leftover Pasta Water

How does saving leftover pasta water help to save money? Well, this tip works best if you have a garden or indoor plants. Instead of pouring your old pasta water down the drain, but it straight into your watering can. However, you must WAIT for the water to cool down before you use it, as hot water can hurt plants. Once the water is cooled, use it as you would use fresh water. This not only saves money, but provides extra nutrients to your plants.

3. Build a Compost Bin

Another way to save a little bit of money is to make a compost bin. This can be as simple as putting an old storage tote outside. It can be covered or not. Then, you can throw all of your food scraps in this container. This helps to save money in two ways. For one, you will be able to make your own fertilizer. This is great if you love to garden. Even if you don't love to garden, this trick can still help you to save money by cutting down on the amount of garbage you throw away, and thus the amount of money you need to spend on trash bags.

4. Cover Your Pool

When you are not in your pool, make sure to cover it! This can help to keep nasty bugs and other debris out of your pool. This can help to cut down on cleaning costs. Covering your pool when it is hot out can also help to naturally keep the pool warmer. Additionally, when the pool is covered, water cannot evaporate out. This means that you will need to add more water to the pool less often. All of these things can help to cut pool maintenance costs.

5. Open Windows at Night

All year round, it's generally colder at night. For this reason, it can be helpful to keep windows open at night. Even on hot nights, this allows some cold air to enter your home. This can help to keep the home cooler for free-- unlike running a fan or air conditioner all night.

There is also a daytime bonus for this trick. When you wake up, close all of the windows in the house. This will help to trap some of the cold air in. This can lower the temperature of your house by a couple of degrees even after the sun comes up. This may not feel like a huge temperature difference at first, but it can make a huge difference when it comes to the cost of running your air conditioner.

These are just some of the ways that you can save money in the summer time. You can even use some of these tips in other parts of the year!