So Ready for Spring – So Is Your Checkbook! How To Save Money On Your Electric Bill This Spring!

Friday Mar 31, 2017

Spring sky and burgeon in snow

I am absolutely loving this warmer weather!  After being “cooped up” inside for most of the cold wind, it’s so nice to have some warm days and sunny skies.

In this post, I’m going to talk about using this great weather to save you some $$ on the power bill when it arrives next month.

So before we step outside, let’s look at some of the ways that this springtime weather and warmer temperatures can save you INSIDE your home.  First, open the windows!  Yes, bring the clean, warmer, and drier air inside your home.  First, turn off your A/C and heating unit.  I like to open a couple of windows, place fans in them and create a flow of fresh air through my home.   I do this by opening a few windows on one end of the house with fans blowing the air IN, then I open a few windows on the other end of the house, and use fans to pull the air to the outside.   Even if the air is a little cooler, its invigorating and encourages you to move around and even get some of that spring cleaning done.  It’s a great time to dust as well because you’ll help to remove the dust from your home via its exit through your windows.

If it’s warm enough outside, just keep your windows open for as long as you can to pull the fresh cool air in and save on your electric bill and air conditioning costs.  I’ve found that having a few windows open at night and a couple of fans pulling in the fresh, cool air will keep my home at a nice temperature for most of the following day.   Then it’s only a few hours (from about 2 PM till dusk) that my home begins to warm up before it starts cooling down again when the sun goes down.  I have saved a good bit of money in spring by doing this until the actual hot summertime finally arrives.

Now on to the outside…. I don’t know about you, but it’s so nice to be able to enjoy being in the yard again after a long winter.  I believe it’s good for the soul to move around, plant some flowers and vegetables and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s also a great time to plan activities in the back yard like cooking out or grilling out.  No need in running the stove or oven inside – be creative and plan a few meals that you can cook outside over a little campfire!  This is a great time to be able to wind down from a long, busy and stressful week as well.  There are several websites that you can search for camping or cooking outdoor type recipes that are easy to cook.  Of course, you can even use some of the branches and sticks that you’ve picked up that have broken and fallen over the winter.

 

One of the things I love the most is being able to hang my laundry outside again in the spring!  And saving money by not running the dryer is a good thing too.  You may have read in other posts on my blog about how I prepare my laundry to dry so that it is not stiff.  If not, here’s a quick explanation:  wash your laundry in the washing machine as you normally would, use vinegar in place of fabric softener in your little blue ball, and then toss your laundry in the dryer for a quick 10 minutes – just enough to heat the clothes up and soften them before hanging up to finish air drying.  Not only will your clothes and towels be soft when they have finished drying, but they will also be wrinkle free!

What are some of your best ideas for activities and saving money in the spring?  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave your comments below 🙂

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