If you look up summer savings ideas, most tips are NOT directed at those of us who live in the south. They suggest that you take actions such as “turn off you’re a/c” and “dry your clothes outside”. For many of us (especially those in the deep south), these tips are absurd! If you turn off you’re a/c, not only will you be at risk for heat stroke, but everything in your house could mold or mildew. If you try drying your clothes outside, your clothes may not dry due to the humidity – or at least it could take a really long time. (And this doesn’t even take into consideration the bugs and lizards that will take up residence in your clothes. Call the exterminator!)
Don’t get discouraged. There ARE actions you can take to save yourself money this summer, for instance:
- Cook outside. Whether you have a charcoal or gas grill – or maybe you have an electric grill that you can plug in on your back patio (like the George Foreman grill), cooking outside keeps the heat associated with cooking out of your house. This, in turn, minimizes the work load on you’re a/c – and can reduce your bill. A quick Google search will provide you with jillions of recipes and cooking tips!
- Raise the temperature of your house while you are away. This does not mean turn off you’re a/c– but if you know your house will be empty from 8AM until 3PM, raise the temperature a couple of degrees (doing much more than a couple of degrees may cause problems) as you walk out the door, and lower it back to your standard temp when you return.
- If you are able, consider installing a blackout curtain or shade over your windows – especially the windows that face the sun in the afternoon. This not only helps with minimizing the heat seeping in from the sun, it also makes for a wonderful, dark room at night – which can help you get a good night sleep!
Have other ideas for us? Please share them!!