Welcome to Tips for Saving Money on Summer Bills Pt. 3
7. Turn Down Your Hot Water
If you’re like many people, you crank up your hot water heater during the cold winter months because you love stepping into a hot shower. And you probably forget to reduce the temperature settings during the summer. Doing this we can spend $310 to $400 or more each year heating water for our homes. Turning down your hot water heater is an easy way to save money on this expense.
8. Switch to a Push Mower
If you have a large yard, then chances are you spend a lot mowing your lawn. Switching to a push reel mower cuts this expense entirely out of the equation. The EPA estimates that each year, Americans spill enough gasoline when refilling mowers to surpass what was spilled by the Exxon Valdez. They estimate that we use 800 million gallons of gas each year, just to fuel our lawn mowers. Last, you’ll get a lot more exercise with a push mower. If you mow twice a week, this could enable you to skip a trip or two to the gym.
9. Make Your Own Personal Care Items
The average family annually spends $526 on “personal care” products. Creating your own face wash, shampoo, moisturizer, or lip balm isn’t as difficult as you might think, and most of the ingredients you need are likely already sitting in your kitchen. Washing your face with oatmeal, milk, and honey is a treat for your skin, and much cheaper (and safer) than many of the commercial products. Making your own shampoo or washing your hair with baking soda and vinegar is incredibly cheap. Natural recipes can make your hair look healthier and shinier than most commercial products. Also, simple, healthy ingredients like lemon, honey, avocado, and mineral water make your skin glow, and they cost far less than store-bought products.
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