Ideas to Save Ten Dollar a Week

Use a gas dryer: Gas dryers use less energy than their electric counterparts.

Open a window: Take advantage of Mother Nature. If the weather's nice, turn off the air or heat and open the windows.

Eliminate drafts: Use caulk or weather-stripping to strengthen the seal around doors and windows to eliminate the loss of hot or cool air.

Shade your windows: Close shades, blinds or drapes during the day to keep light and heat from coming in through the windows. Direct sunlight will heat your home and cause the AC to work harder. Alternately, uncovering windows to let sun in could be helpful for heating in the winter.

Plant a tree: Strategic placement of trees and bushes around your home can increase shade and decrease energy consumption. Try shading your air conditioning unit as well as windows that get a lot of sun. Just three trees can save between $100 and $250 a year in heating and cooling costs.

Get regular tune-ups: Keep all of the moving parts in your car running smoothly to get better gas mileage and prolong the life of your vehicle.

Turn off the AC: Roll down your windows and let the air cool your car.

Keep air in your tires: Underinflated or flat tires will reduce gas mileage.

Shop around for gas: Before you pull over and start filling up, shop around for the cheapest place to get gas.

Look for frequent shopper deals on gas: Some grocery stores offer 3 cents off per gallon with a frequent shopper card. Save even more when you do more business with them, like 10 cents off per gallon when you buy $100 worth of groceries.

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Ideas to Save Ten Dollar a Week