Summer is definitely a fun-filled season, but it can also be one of the more expensive times of the year for many, thanks (or no thanks) to holidays, summer activities, higher electricity bills, and more.
Here are some quick tips to help you use the best of the season to save money.
Eat out less
Melbourne is undoubtedly a food haven, with an impressive selection of delish cafes and restaurants available at almost every turn. However, while great for the tummy, this may not be so good for the pocket.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to host family and friends for meals. You can have dinner in your backyard, picnics at the beach, or sausage sizzles at the park. By cutting down on your restaurant visits, you will be able to save quite a substantial amount.
Air your (clean) laundry
Clothes dryers are extremely convenient, but they can also be one of the biggest energy-consuming appliances in your home. So this summer, why not hang your clothes outside and let the warm summer air dry your clothes for free?
The sun can also help in bleaching white clothing, plus it leaves your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
Use your air con smartly
Some LG split systems, like the LG WH Series, come with built in Wi-Fi, and you can use the LG Smart ThinQ app to control your air con with your smartphone from anywhere, anytime. This means you can turn your air con on just before you reach home, so that you can arrive at a cool and comfortable space – instead of blasting the air con at 18 degrees in a bid to get the heat out quickly when you step in.
By the way, it is recommended that you set the temperature around 25 degrees in the summer, as each degree lower can increase energy consumption by as much as 10 percent.
You can also set the timer so that the unit can be turned off when you do not need it, like during the night when you are asleep and the weather is cooler.
Clean the filters
Another really easy way to save money and lower your power bills is to clean your air con filters. A dirty filter that is clogged with dust and grime has to work doubly hard to pump out cool air. In some more serious cases, it can even cause your air con unit to ice up and stop working.
So roll up your sleeves once every few months to give the filter a clean, and you can save as much as 15% off your energy consumption.
Buy an energy-efficient air conditioning unit
If you do not have an air conditioner now, or if you are looking to replace your old one, be sure to go for an energy-efficient unit.
Most people tend to buy an air con without really thinking about its energy efficiency. As long as it blows cold air, it’s good right? Well, not if you don’t want to see a surge in your electricity bill.
How do you know if the air conditioner is energy efficient? Every air conditioner comes with the Energy Efficiency Rating label, and the higher the rating or the more stars it has, the more energy efficient the unit is.
Follow the quick tips above and you will be well on your way to saving money and lowering your power bills this season. With that taken care of, you can now focus on enjoying summer!