You don’t need to splurge or over-extend your budget in order for you and your family to have a great summer. You can have a delightfully fun, low cost summer when you focus your spending on your family and your home. An investment of this type has long lasting benefits.
You can invest in some outdoor furniture and accessories that can transform a mundane backyard into a fantastic outdoor living and entertaining space. Be sure to create some areas especially for the kids using child-size furniture. Using coupons for Sears, watching for outdoor furniture sales and being flexible with your outdoor decor are just a few ways to create a great outdoor living space without breaking the budget.
Setting up a grilling station and an outdoor eating area can have dual benefits. Your air conditioner will have to work harder and your energy bill will be higher when you use an indoor stove or oven on hot summer days. Cooking outside will help keep your energy bill lower. Cooking and eating outdoors is a fun, casual experience the whole family can enjoy.
Adding fans to your home and patio can help reduce your energy bill during the summer. With a window fan, you can turn off the air conditioner and take advantage of those rare but wonderful cool summer evening breezes. A room feels cooler when there is air circulating. When you use a ceiling fan or room fan, you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher and still remain comfortable.
Seal air leaks
Although, sealing air leaks in your home doesn’t contribute to the decor or enhance your family’s summer fun, and it will save you some money. Adding weather-stripping or caulking to windows and doors where air leaks exist can reduce your heating and cooling cost.
Declare certain days or times as tech-free and get the family outside. Playing backyard games such as volleyball, badminton or horseshoes is a great family activity. You could add a splash pad to the backyard for the kids to enjoy.
You can focus on the pleasurable aspects of summer if you take time to do some home improvement projects that will lower your energy bill and create outdoor spaces where you and your family can have fun. As summer comes to an end, you may decide you need to add a fire pit to your outdoor space so that you can continue enjoying family time outside.