5 Tips to Saving Money on Summer Bills

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Looking for ways to save money this summer?

You can beat the heat and cool your home without necessarily putting a dent on your bank balance.

Water consumption goes up as well, but with some easy tips to follow, you can tame your usage through the hot weather.

Air Conditioner

First, if you’re using a window air conditioner unit, place it in a spot where it is hidden from the sun. It will run more efficiently by 12% and save you cash over time.

Also, you can seal the AC’s perimeter to make sure cold air will not escape. You can use weather stripping for that.

Clean the filter once every month. Regularly washing your AC’s filter can decrease energy use of the unit by 15%. For central air, the use of a programmable thermostat is highly advised.

Overhead Fans

Overhead fans are a great friend to budget-conscious home managers.

The air they circulate is a good reason to delay running the air conditioner. That can be delayed longer if air is made to come in through the windows on cool summer nights.

Overhead fans consume only $0.01 worth of energy per hour, which means a single unit will cost you less than $0.20 a day!

Things Not In Use

Little things when ignored can sum up to big wastes in the end.

Lock the door of your room when sleeping inside to make the area cool faster and the air conditioner not work harder.

Unplug machines and gadgets from electrical outlets when not in use. Turn off the lights before leaving a room.

Check Water Leakage

Check for leakage. When everyone else has left the house, read the water meter. Wait for one hour and read it again.

Has the reading changed?

If it has, then you have a problem to solve. Leaks account for 10,000 gallons of water waste in homes each year. Check the toilet. It may be the right time to replace the flapper.

Break Your Old Water Use Habits

Stop running the tap until it gives you cool water for drinking.

You will save three or four glasses of water each time. Keeping a pitcher filled with water inside the fridge is a sure saver.

Do the same when brushing your teeth.

Keep the faucet closed while you do the maneuvers on your teeth. With more household members cooperating to do the right things, you will surely keep large amounts of water from draining down the sink.

3 Ways to Save Energy This Spring

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Spring is a time when the leaves turn green and the flowers bloom. It is also a time when the weather starts to warm up in preparation for summer.

The changes in temperature and humidity can make people feel hot and uncomfortable so they turn to air conditioning to cool them off. The increased use of air conditioning and other cooling devices that use electricity can increase your energy bill significantly.

Here are 3 tips to help you save energy.

#1 – Open the Windows – Opening your windows lets cool air in from the outside. The breeze helps circulate the air inside your house so that it doesn’t feel hot and stuffy.

It also naturally cools your house so you won’t have to resort to using the air conditioning anymore.

Using a ceiling fan while your windows are open is also a good idea as moving air can feel cooler on your skin. The energy expended when using ceiling or oscillating fans are significantly lower than using air conditioning.

#2 – Take Your Cooking Outside – It is no secret that cooking increases the temperature in the kitchen. If your kitchen is not closed off from the rest of the house or if you don’t have a proper cooling system installed in the kitchen, it can make the rest of the house feel hot.

Take your cooking outside by using an outdoor grill. After you are done with the cooking and the grilling you can have an outdoor picnic as well. Dining al fresco can feel cooler than dining inside the house.

#3 – Check Your Appliances – Have your air conditioner and electric fans checked and serviced to ensure that it is working properly.

Clean the hair and dust build up from the condenser coils of your refrigerator so that the motor does not work harder to cool off the items inside.

Ensure that the seals of your refrigerator are tight and clean so that the cool air within does not escape and the warm air from the outside does not seep in.

Make sure that your appliances have the Energy Star label. Appliances with this label may be a bit pricier than those appliances without the label but are generally more efficient at using energy. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Take advantage of the warmer weather and spend time outdoors to cool yourself off instead of staying in an air conditioned room.

The fresh air will do your body good and you can save up on your energy bills as well.

What Are The Best Things to Buy in April?

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Every bargain hunter knows that certain items are best bought at certain times of the year. The price fluctuation in certain times of the year is a combination of seasonal changes, events and habits that are attributed to specific months of the year.

Certain practices and seasonal changes are associated with April. Hence, products associated with these changes are best bought in April. Here are some products you will get at their best prices in April.

 Spring clothing

The rule of thumb for seasonal clothing is to wait for a while after they are released to get the best prices. Spring clothing releases typically occur in February. Thus, April is a good time to get good prices on spring clothing. If you are keen on getting new releases at the best prices, you should make your spring clothing purchases in April. That way you can get up to 40% discount. Who said you couldn't look good on a budget.

You could also get good clearance sales deals for winter clothing in April. By April, most retailers will be more than willing to give their winter clothing stock away at the best prices.

Electronics

Japan is a major exporter of electronics, and the Japan year ends in March. With the end of the year in every country comes end-of-year sales, and Japan will be doing those with electronics in April. So, you could hold off on buying that TV until April; you should because you are sure of good discounts. It is, however, noteworthy that these discounts come with products from the previous year, so later in the later, there will be a newer version of that TV you just bought at a giveaway price.

Travel deals

Typically, people do not travel a lot in April, so you can get good prices on travels such as vacation cruises. Vacation cruises get a lot of attention in the summer, but in April, they do not get a lot of attention. The lower prices are the same for most vacation activities, so you could sneak in a vacation even with your low budget. It's not the time of the year that matters; it's the memories made.

If you're looking to travel during the summer, April is also a good time to book flights, as flights will at significantly lower prices than those in July and August.

Thrift collectors' items

Spring cleaning is associated with decluttering and finding items whose uses have phased out. Garage sales and flea markets tend to have good-quality items at friendly prices in April. This is because a lot of secondhand items discovered during spring cleaning are available for sales.

April is a good time of the year to offload secondhand items and buy quality ones at good prices. You should pay more attention to your favorite thrift shop and flea market in April to get good bargains.

With this article, we highlighted items that come at the best prices in April. So, if you are interested in getting any of the items on this list at very good prices, you could hold off buying it until April.