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Stay Within Your Budget During Summer Heat

  • July 22, 2016
  • By: Greenpath Financial Wellness

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – July 22, 2016 – With much of the country stuck in high heat and humidity for the next few weeks, GreenPath Financial Wellness, a nationwide non-profit financial counseling and education organization, is sharing some tips on ways you can stay within your budget during Summer heat. You can save money on utility costs, during this summer heat wave and stay cool.

It’s very easy to crank up the air-conditioning, during this extreme heat. If you do, be prepared for a larger energy bill at the end of the month. Here are some tips to cope:

  • Consider using fans to help move cool air more effectively.
  • Close your window blinds during the day to keep out the sun and heat.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat so you can regulate temperatures throughout the day to use less energy.
  • Turn up your thermostat, while you are at work or away from home for an extended time. Does your house really need to be 65 degrees if no one is home?
  • Use your vents wisely. Shut off rooms that aren’t used on a regular basis to help conserve cool air.

Make sure to prioritize your utility bills each month, as these are essential for daily living. It is more expensive to turn the lights back on, after they have been shut off, than to address your monthly bill.

If you need assistance, GreenPath can help you prepare and review your budget, to help prioritize your expenses and budget for increasing utility costs. We can also refer you to local city and state programs to help you apply for utility assistance.

On days of extreme heat, don’t forget about those who may need your help. Always remember to look in on shut-in neighbors and relatives.  Also, watch your pets and neighborhood pets closely. They need more shade and water during this heat wave.

GreenPath provides in-person credit counseling, financial education and debt management services in more than 60 locations in 16 states.  The company also offers licensed services by phone and Internet throughout the United States.  For more information about GreenPath, visit www.greenpath.org or call (866) 648-8122.