Fresh and Sealed
photo courtesy of Southern Maryland
Improperly sealed air ducts don’t allow cool air to flow throughout your home during the sizzling summer. Besides sweating, expect to shell out 10 to 30 percent more for your utility bill if you don’t patch up those problem areas.
If coupons aren't cutting it at the grocery store, try visiting your local food co-op. At food buying clubs, you can buy in bulk with other members and get a discount on food purchased from natural-food distributors. Local co-op grocery stores also offer low-cost organic and natural items to their members.
Make your summer restaurant reservations with Dinner Broker and save up to 30 percent on your meal. If you’re flexible about the day and time, you can eat out and splurge on dessert.
Pump Up The Volume
The summer heat can compromise your car’s tires and make them more vulnerable to blowouts. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that keeping your tires inflated will increase your car’s fuel efficiency and save you 3.3 percent in gas mileage.
Dry But Beautiful
To save money on your water bill, try gardening with drought-resistant plants such as Mexican sage or sunflowers. Call your local Cooperative Extension office for tips on other plants that keep their cool when temperatures rise, or visit for more information.
Modernizing your home for energy efficiency will make it more eco-friendly, while providing you with some extra cash. You can qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,500 if your roofing, insulation, HVAC, and water heaters meet a U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient less than or equal to 0.30.