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Beat the Heat & Save Your Budget!

Its summer time and besides feeling the heat you might be feeling a pinch on your budget.  With the heat many of us face higher utility bills when we finally succumb to turning on the air conditioning.  I will confess that we’ve had ours on for a month now with this Georgia heat that seems to strangle you with humidity – that and being fat and pregnant!

But who wants to pour all their hard earned dollars into utility bills when you’ve got family vacations planned and children at home from school saying, “I’m bored!”?  Well, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help keep the heat at bay and utility costs down!

  • Keep your oven off!  If you must use it for baking then wait until evening when the sun and the temperatures are down.  It won’t have to compete as much with the air conditioning.
  • Use your crockpot.  If you don’t have animals that will bother it (or if you have a screened in porch or garage) use it outside.  Then you won’t have any heat competing with your air.  If you need to use it inside, no worries, crockpots put off some heat – but not nearly as much as your oven and they actually use very little energy.  Think outside of the box.  Lots of proteins can be cooked in your crockpot but you can also cook side dishes in it too – you can even bake potatoes in your crockpot!
  • Dry clothes on the line. Can’t use a line due to ordinances?  Make a makeshift clothes line in your house.  Or, if you must use your dryer, run it at night when it won’t compete as much with your air AND run loads one after another to take advantage of the heat already accumulated (don’t let the dryer cool off between loads). It will dry clothes faster this way.
  • Keep blinds closed during the day.  Better yet, invest in some cooling curtains (room darkening shades) to keep out the heat.

What else do you do that keeps the heat and the energy bills at bay?  Share the wisdom with your online community!

I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time on this post.  Participation in this program is voluntary.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. I’m not using my A/C this year at all. First, I’ve actually acclimated pretty well. Second, I do your suggestions 1, 3 and 4 (I don’t own a crockpot). Third, I leave the house in favor of an air conditioned place (library, bookstore, Wal-mart, museums, occasionally restaurants, work if I were currently employed) during the hottest hours and hang out outside during the evenings when it’s cooler out than in. And Fourth, I freeze bottled water in socks to use as cold packs to help me get to sleep which has the added benefit of keeping my freezer full enough to help with its energy efficiency. Surviving pretty well thus far, I’ve only gone a little crazy :)

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