Conserving Money by Conserving Energy Now that the winter’s over, it’s time to start preparing for the heat of summertime. Summertime screams the need for a cool down in both the house and car. When you’re living on a tight budget though, it can be hard to find ways to save money. Luckily, you can save money in the energy department as summer approaches with a few, timely tips.
Car Windows The less often you use the AC, the better. Find every excuse to turn it off and open the windows while it’s warming up this spring. A single open window won’t offer much relief from the warmth. A cool breeze doesn’t enter the home very well unless it has another open window or door to leave through. Windows open on opposite sides of the home will allow breezes to flow comfortably from entry point to exit. You invite the air in when you provide it an exit strategy. Don’t let the comfortable temperatures go to waste. It’s a great chance to finally air out your home after a long winter. That same concept applies to your vehicle. The AC in your car is a gas guzzler. Save gasoline (your car’s energy) by turning off the AC and rolling down the windows. Just as long as you’re driving on normal streets, you’ll save gas with a more natural breeze. Once you hit the highway though, your open windows begin to create drag on the vehicle, counteracting the benefits of turning off your air conditioning. Crank up the air conditioning and roll up the windows on the highway. A last note on car air conditioning, your car uses more fuel to produce colder temperatures but only needs electricity to move the fan faster. If you want your AC on but don’t want to use up a lot of fuel, turn up the fan and set your thermostat for higher temperatures.
Keep the thermostat within the “blue zone” (the cold zone), just not to its lowest setting. The help will be subtle, but it will be worth it. Returning to saving money at home, when things get to be a bit too warm in the house, head outside to spend time in the shade of a big tree. The shade combined with a cool breeze can make the afternoon a much more appealing time of day for you. The best part is, you are finding relief in the natural elements, not the air cooling system in the house. Take advantage of the great outdoors, it will do you some good for your body and soul as well as your wallet. TRA Snow and Sun installs solar racking equipment to help you save money on the energy you purchase. Solar racking equipment sets up solar panels to absorb the rays of the sun. Once absorbed, it converts the sun’s rays into safe, usable energy for the home. Once the initial costs of setup are taken care of, your energy costs are reduced dramatically and you pull most of your power from the solar racking equipment set above. Photo Credit: Swambo, Drriss
Now that the winter’s over, it’s time to start preparing for the heat of summertime. Summertime screams the need for a cool down in both the...