The Cost of Summer

Cali - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Now that summer is here I seem to have more laundry. Our water bill is out of control. Our electric bill is out of control due to 4 window a/c units. I only wash laundry when it's a full load but that seems to be every day/every other day. I've held off on filling up the pool because of the water bill. Does any one have any tips or advice on how to save some money?

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Sally - posted on 06/22/2011

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well, that one confounds me as well, but when my kids were younger we had that very same problem,but now that they are older it still hasnt let up,i used to water the yard everyday,but now we only have desert dwelling plants and they dont need alot of water,but as soon as summer is over it should lighten up some. try letting any towels and swimwear hang dry after they have gone swimming. and if you have a dishwasher dont use it everyday handwash the dishes that helped me out alot good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2011

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I actually end up with less laundry in the summer, because the clothes aren't so bulky. I don't have to wash pj's for my boys, because they sleep in their boxers. My older daughter, I have her wear her pj's for 2 nights, since she gets nightly showers any way. My boys run around most of the day without a shirt, so that saves laundry too. As far as the AC goes, try to run as little heat building things as possible. The dryer actually will heat your house, so opt for hanging them outside to dry, or put your wash in at night before going to bed and run the dryer early in the morning when you first wake up, when it isn't so hot out. Also, avoid baking. The oven really heats up a house. I usually grill as much as possible in the summer. I don't know where you live, but here the temp drops down into the upper 60's/lower 70's at night, so if you get up in the middle of the night, open up a couple windows if you can safely. Last, turn off the air conditioners or at least 2 of them when you aren't in the house.

Stifler's - posted on 06/10/2011

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Let the kids run around naked? Cold wash and line dry. Hang out outside instead of turning the aircon on.

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You could invest in some trees, shrubs, good shades, insulation, and ceiling fans to lower the cost of the AC.



Is your washer front loading? Those use much less water.



I know this isn't very helpful, as all these things cost money. But sometimes you have to invest over the long run.

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Bridget - posted on 06/10/2011

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A great way to lower water usage is to put something in your toilet tank to displace water, like a brick or a jug filled with water, your take will fill with less water,. and generally toilets dont need to use nearly as much as they do with each flush.
Ive seen people mention curtains, and blackout curtains but have you seen the curtains made specifically to lower your energy loss? They have them at Target. They work really well.

Cali - posted on 06/10/2011

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Both kids do wear their pj's for two night since they get nightly baths. I do grill alot. I try not to turn on my dryer or stove during the day. I turn off all the a/c's when we leave! Thanks so much for your help!

Cali - posted on 06/10/2011

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Thank you all so much. My house is a tri-plex. We live in one part and rent the other two. So no, I can't put in a central unit. Plus my house is very old and many, many things are screwed up! Like there's a fireplace that doesn't work because it has heating pipes in it! I only run the two a/c units downstairs during the day. I do have curtains and blinds that I use. I can't do the trees or shrubs, there's a house really close next to me. My washing is top loading so there goes that. I do use cold wash and hang dry when I can. And ya, we do spend alot of time outside! Thanks, I think you were all helpful.

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2011

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I think multiple window units take more energy than one central one, if you own your house it may be a better investment. We have a problem with our house getting really hot as well, my suggestion for that is when the sun is hitting the windows in the afternoon try blackout curtains that will keep the sun from heating that room up. As for your water bill, I don't know how much water and money you spend on laundry but it might be more efficient to take the weeks load to the laundry mat. It just depends on how much energy and water your machine uses. I hope this helps!

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