Summer is here - and temperatures aren't the only thing rising.

So are your bills. That's why we created this list of cost-saving measures for homeowners. Following these tips will trim hundreds off your summer expenses. Ready?

Electricity & Air Conditioning.

It’s inevitable that your AC bill will go up during the summer months, but it doesn’t have to if you use floor and ceiling fans that consume much less energy. Another bonus to living at the beach is it rarely gets above 85 degrees, and you can always count on an ocean breeze to cool the nights and mornings down. Open up your windows during this time and enjoy the fresh salty air. By doing so, you will also be cutting down on electricity using natural light and spending more time living and cooking outdoors.


The summer is the perfect time to give your dryer a vacation and put the sun to work on your clothes. It also helps to use cold water in the washer as it won't affect your clothes, just your savings.


While some can’t live without their escape to the gym, the summer provides the perfect weather to get outside and workout outdoors. Whether it’s running at the beach, going on local hikes, there are tons of way to maintain your health during the summer without a lofty gym membership.


Water your lawn early in the morning or as late in the day as possible. That way, the water doesn't evaporate as quickly.


Last but certainly not least is childcare. This is a no brainer. Since kids are out of school for the next couple of months, this is the perfect time to pool your babysitters and split the cost. It’s a win-win for everyone. The kids get to hang out with their friends and parents save money.

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