As the temperature outside goes up, so does our electric bill. Most of us tend to crank up the air conditioning in an attempt to beat the Texas heat. This almost always leads to us paying steep bills as a consequence.
Some people swear by not using the A/C during the day while they’re at work. But, if you’re elderly or have certain health issues, this isn’t recommended. If you’re looking to save some extra money to account for the higher electric bill, check out these tips on staying frugal during the warm summer months:
- Have a staycation.
The vacation’s more affordable cousin, having a staycation can help save money on travel costs, and can even help you learn more about your town! Check out local museums, many of them might have reduced prices over the summer.
- Carpool to work.
If you’re driving to work every day, a gas bill can add up quickly. Riding with your coworkers can help shoulder some of the burdens. Chipping in a few bucks a week will save you money in the long run if you’re not using your car as often. Not only will you save on gas, but your car will also experience less wear-and-tear.
- Eat at home.
This is a well-known tip for saving money year-round, but it becomes more fun over the summer. Invite your family and neighbors over for a cookout! The weather is perfect for cookouts this time of year. Everyone can bring their own dish and it’s still going to be cheaper than going out to dinner. A plus is that you’re creating valuable memories for years to come. It doesn’t get much better than hamburgers and potato salad on a nice summer evening.
- Try walking more often.
This may not work for everyone, but some people can walk to and from work instead of driving. If you leave before it gets too hot and come home after the sun sets, you’ll be avoiding the majority of the heat. You’re also getting in some good exercise! One thing to be aware of is drivers.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to receiving serious injuries if hit by a car. Portner Bond, PLLC, has experience dealing with those types of situations. If you do end up getting hit while on a walk, contact a lawyer who can help you assess the damage. A negligent driver won’t receive nearly as severe injuries as the pedestrian that they hit, so why should they walk away scot-free? Make sure you have a lawyer on hand who can help you receive compensation for any medical bills or potentially lost wages.
- Update your summer budget.
It’s a common kiss of death to forget to account for increasing air conditioning costs. Something as simple as budgeting for this change ahead of time can save you a lot of money in the long run. Give yourself a bit of a cushion at the start of the summer and you’ll find yourself less stressed when the bill comes in the mail.Read More