5 Ways to Save Money, Save the Planet and Make Memories This Summer

| 6/26/2018 2:34:00 PM

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Ah summer, so fleeting, but oh so wonderful.

I love all of the seasons and I’m lucky to be able to experience all 4 of them here in New Jersey, but summer is one of my favorites. Partly because I have a lot of great memories from summer’s past, mostly random trips to the Jersey shore or hunting for ice cream. Summer remains for me a time to be more carefree. With summer also comes the desire to make memories that last without jeopardizing the planet or the wallet. With that, here are a few tips for making sure this summer is one you will remember. For more tips, head to my blog The Do Something Project.

Save Electricity and Get Outdoors

One of the best things about summer is the many different opportunities to hit the outdoors. Being outside is not only good for your physical and mental health, but also for the wallet.

I’m lucky enough to call New Jersey my home and we have access to over 130 miles of shoreline and access to many trails and parks so the list of things to do is endless.

When out and about, always turn the AC off. To keep your place cool, draw the blinds to keep the sun’s heat out, leave a fan on or a window open to circulate the air. This reduces the need for electricity, saving you money and reducing the need for resources. Go one step further and unplug unnecessary devices, specifically electronics that still generate heat and use up small bits of electricity.

Take advantage of natural light as well too. Challenge yourself to see how long you can go without turning on a light at home. Get kids involved to help “police” and help them understand that energy costs money.