Cut costs with summer saving tips

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – When the mercury rises, your utility bills are sure to follow, making summer an expensive time of year. However, there are ways to save and even little changes can add up.

Financial analyst Chris Jones with BayPort Credit Union was on The Hampton Roads Show Wednesday to share some great ways to cut down on utility costs.

Jones suggested walking around your home to get a feel for which areas are cooler than others before shutting vents in certain rooms. He also said you may try closing doors to some rooms to help force the cooler air into your family room. Don’t forget to draw curtains or shades to help keep the temperature down.

When it comes to water, stick to cooler showers to save money and be mindful of your usage when doing things like brushing your teeth or shaving.

Save money behind the wheel by checking for proper tire inflation. Jones advised drivers to aim for slow starts, and try to coast to a stop when possible.

Tips from BayPort Credit Union:

1. Cooling

  • Save as much as 3% for every degree your thermostat is set above 72.
  • Decrease air flow to rooms that tend to stay cooler.
  • Keep direct sunlight out of rooms that tend to stay warmer.

2. Water

  • Heating water accounts for up to 15% of home energy use.
  • Water temperature doesn’t need to be over 120 degrees.
  • Cooler showers will help save money.
  • Place a soda bottle filled with sand or water into the tank.
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth or shaving.

3. Driving Habits

  • Keeping your tires properly inflated reduces the amount of resistance with the road, increasing your MPG and maximizing the life of your tires.
  • Slow starts, and less braking.
  • Travel at a consistent speed.

For more information, stop by any of the BayPort Credit Union locations across Hampton Roads, or log on to BayPortCU.org.

This segment was sponsored by BayPort Credit Union.

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