By Tracey Clayton
They say that in order for one thing to start, another has to end. In this case, in order to get ready for summer, you have to spend your savings. It is quite difficult to go throughout the entire summer without having to spend huge amounts of money. But, there are ways to cut on your expenses and spent less than you are used to. In addition to that, you can also save energy at your home and prepare your household for a hot summer. Here are some of the strategies that might help you achieve that.
Get an AC
If you’re one of those who never wanted an air conditioner, now would be the perfect time to actually get one. Summer tends to be hot and you’re not as young as you used to be. All that heat might be more than you can take, which is why you should ensure that you can relax in the comfy and cool living room. When purchasing an air conditioning system, look for the ones that are eco-friendly in order to save a lot of energy and money in the process. Those might cost more initially, but pay off in the long run.
Reorganize your fridge
Every month, huge amounts of food go to waste. Believe it or not, but putting aside something in your fridge usually means letting it go to waste. You simply forget about it and get reminded by the fresh odor the next day. This is both a waste of money and quality food. In order to avoid doing so, reorganize your food once a week. Purchase only the things you plan on eating and don’t buy any extras. Don’t make stacks of veggies or fruits which you’re not going to eat.
Get new curtains
The best way to avoid summer heat is to stay off it. One way of preventing heat from entering your home is getting new curtains. This might seem like a waste of money, but it is actually a great investment. If you place them right in your home, you could save up to 25% more energy and, at the same time, prevent unnecessary energy loss. Picking the right curtains does seem like an easy job, but it is far from easy. They have to fit and cover your entire window, and have to be of the right color to actually reflect the sun waves. Curtains are stylish and will also add that glamorous element to your home.
Get some new clothes
Being a senior doesn’t mean that you have to wear the same old boring clothes all the time; instead, consider replacing your old clothes with the new one. Summer is a great time to do it since there are many discounts and special offers. In order to trade your old gear with the new one, consider shopping online at www.swap.com before going to the mall. It will save you the energy and time, and you might end up finding great deals with free shipping. In addition to that, online offers sometimes include additional free stuff such as a t-shirt, a pair of socks or a discount on your next purchase.
Replace your appliances
Summer is also a period when you should buy new appliances for your kitchen. Again, this might sound like wasting money on unnecessary things, but having the right appliances will actually save you money. Saving energy equals saving money. Start with a quality refrigerator and freezer. You might want to replace your other smaller appliances such as coffee machine or shakers. Anything that uses less energy is a great addition to your arsenal. Make sure you check and compare the energy consumption before purchasing anything.
Hot days are on the horizon, and you have to prepare for them. Investing in your house and yourself is the right way to do it. Go for eco-friendly appliances and try to save as much energy as you can. A few extra dollars spent now will return to you through electric bills and you might end up with a little extra. And who knows, you could use the extra and book a nice holiday for you and your family.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate in writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.