Even though summer is now on it’s way out, it’s still hot out and there are many frugal ways in which we can go green and save some money.
The summer weather does tend to bring with it some motivation and inspiration that’s quite hard to find during the winter months, so it’s vitally important that we make the most of it. Here are 4 great ways to get greener this summer.
Dry Your Clothes Outside
This goes without saying but once the sun comes out, we should all make use of it by drying our clothes outside instead of using an electric dryer.
You’ll save money on electricity and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment at the same time. Use a simple washing line inside or if you have the room, hang your clothes outside on a line to get the full use of the sun’s rays.
Not only will this save you money on your energy bills but your clothes will smell and feel better for having been dried outdoors.
Grow your own fruits and vegetables
A lot of people think that growing your own fruits and vegetables can be difficult and time consuming, but not if you follow some very basic guidelines and if you have the weather on your side!
Foods like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplants, peppers and even corn, grow fantastically well during the summer months so why not give them a try and see what happens. You can save some money and there will be a real sense of satisfaction when you are eating the food that you have grown yourself.
You will probably be able to find the seeds for your own fruit and vegetables at your local store or market, do some research or follow the instructions on the packs and see how you get on, you may surprise yourself.
Enjoy fresh produce from your local markets
I’m not sure what it’s like by you, but I have some fantastic local markets by me that offer fresh produce at great prices. Local farmers markets are great for finding fresh meat, but depending on what they have in stock, they can also be great for baked goods, cheeses and more.
Try out more than one local market to make sure that you are getting the most from your money as prices in your local area will most likely vary.
If you’re really hot, use fans instead of air conditioners
We all know that air conditioners do a very good job, but they’re expensive to run and take their toll on the environment. A more frugal way to keep cool could be to use a fan as these also do a great job too and use less energy than air conditioners.
Fans can circulate cool air around the rooms indoors instead of keeping the air trapped in a single room as an air conditioner does. It’s better for the environment and cheaper for you too, so why not give it a try?
I hope that these frugally green summer tips will help you to save some money and do your bit for the environment too this summer.
Les Roberts writes for moneysupermarket.com, the UK’s number one comparison website that can save you money with low-rate loans and balance transfer offers.