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25 Energy Saving Tips to Save You Money This Summer

By Erik Folgate

Here are 25 cheap ways to keep your house cooler this summer from the folks over at MSN Money.

I liked this list, because it gives you practical tips for saving energy without having to drastically alter your lifestyle. I hate it when environmentalists get on their high horse and start telling us to ride our bikes to work. Seriously, unless you live less than one mile away from your work, no one wants to come to work drenched in sweat. It’s great to be environmentally conscious around your house, because it saves you MONEY. And Money Crashers is all about helping you save money.

Here are some of my favorite tips from this list:

  • Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night or when no one is home.
  • Upgraded insulation in the attic and double-paned windows all around,
    complete with tinting to reflect sunlight, are good ideas, too.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Avoid landscaping with lots of unshaded rock, cement, or asphalt on the
    south or west sides. It increases the temperature around the house and
    radiates heat to the house after the sun has set.
  • Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away
    from the house. Close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during
    the day.

Some of these tips can be a costly out-of-pocket expense, but many of the tips about re-caulking windows and replacing insulation are very cheap ways to keep the cool air in and the hot air out of your home during the summer. I don’t like the fact that our country is moving into an energy crisis, but it’s the world we live in. Next week, I will discuss what I think we must do to reduce the price of gas and home utilities for the short run while we create technology that allows us to be less dependent on foreign oil. Until then, feel free to add any more of your energy saving tips during the hottest months of the year.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • http://www.aplussrc.com Bob

    A great way to cool you house that may take a few years to work is to plant shade trees to cool the house in the summer by blocking the sun rays in the summer but after the leaves drop in the winter you have the suns rays back to help with heating you home.
    We have forgotten about passive solar design over the past 50 years and it is time for all of us to remember.

  • http://www.powerzoning.com Woody

    One other way to keep cool this summer and save on your energy bills is to recycle the cold air already in your house. By using the cool air from the lower levels to displace the hot air that rises upstairs, your home can be more comfortable and use less air conditioning. www.powerzoning.com

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Good basic tips, but nothing I haven’t heard before. Actually, your comment, “Seriously, unless you live less than one mile away from your work, no one wants to come to work drenched in sweat”, was a bit funny. Actually, I would love to have worked out hard enough on the way to work to be drenched by sweat. I work at a fitness company, so we have showers…and then I wouldn’t have to take my cycling class later in the day! :)

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