The blue skies have been peeking out a bit in the last few weeks and the sun has even been shining a little. Couple that with Daylight Savings time and it’s safe to say that spring is just around the corner.
Now is the time when many people start to take out their pen and paper and put together their to-do lists for the spring cleaning season. Projects like cleaning out the garage, making trips to the donation center, and preparing the yard for summer events are all at the top of the list.
Once spring has passed most of us are going to be enjoying fun in the sun as much as possible. With the chores of the spring far behind, the summer is a time for camping, hiking, and playing in the water. But, all of these fun times cost money, so it is important to start planning – and saving – now.
Saving money can be difficult when you think about setting a benchmark each month and trying to reach it. But, if you change your perspective a bit and try to just save a little on your utility bills each month, you will see those dollars start to add up.
Here are a couple of ideas for saving money around your home:
- When it is time to turn on your sprinkler system, make sure that you check the sprinkler heads so they aren’t pointing towards the driveway, walkway, or side of the house. None of these areas need watering, so you are just wasting water by having the sprinklers having this way.
- Make sure that your toilet is not leaking. Do this by adding a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank of the toilet. Then, make sure that no one uses the toilet for at least 15-minutes, and then come back and check. If there is food coloring in the toilet bowl – you have a leak.
- During the summer months, leave your lawn clippings on your grass after you mow it. This will help to keep the ground cool and protected from the direct sunlight.
For instance, if you change your habit to always washing laundry in cold water instead of hot water, you will notice a change in your power bill because your water heater won’t have to work so hard. These little behavior changes can have a big impact on your monthly utility bills. And, can ensure that you have plenty of budget to bring those extra smores on the camping trip!