Saving money can be tricky to do. Life is expensive, and little or sometimes even big things pop up at a moments notice that drain your savings and leave you praying that you’ll be able to get by until your next paycheck. When you’re young, it’s easier to get by on what you have. You might have the support of your parents to pay some of those expenses.
When you’re a little older or out on your own and starting a family, the little expenses become a bigger deal. They take from a pocketbook that is already stretched for every last penny and you’re forced to make some big sacrifices to make up for what you’re missing on the front end.
If you’re in this situation, there are things you can do to in your own home to save you money, particularly if you live in a hot climate that makes cooling your home extremely expensive.
When you live in a hot climate the majority of the heat that enters your house does so through the windows. Some people keep their windows and curtains closed for this reason, but it does little to actually block the sun from heating the house as well as letting the harmful light rays in.
Obviously darker curtains make the situation worse, and nobody likes living shut into a house like a prisoner when it’s a beautiful day. To solve this dilemma, install solar screens on all of your windows. The screens alone are able to block 44% of the heat that enters your home.
This will save you from expending valuable money to cool your house in the long summer months. There is a range of colors to choose from so you can still get natural light without compromise of heat and money.
Ceiling fans are pretty cheap to come by on their own, so they’re a great investment to make and install in each room of your home. It can definitely be a better way to go than buying and installing cooling units to cool the entire house. If you’re tired of throwing money into those air conditioning units that are hardly doing their job, you might just want to skip out on the units all together.
Ceiling fans are great because they can be turned off when you’re not in the room needing their services. Hot air rises and when there is no air movement in the room, everything feels stiff and the atmosphere feels hotter than it actually is. A little air movement makes things feel a whole 6 to 8 degrees cooler. That’s a solid way to cool things down on a budget!