Although it has already begun to feel like summer, the first official day is on the summer solstice, June 21.
The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the entire year. For the next few months we will continue to enjoy extra hours of daylight, which means early sunrises and late sunsets.
But are there profitable perks to having the extra hours of sunshine? Here are four ways that we can financially take advantage of long summer days:
1. Less Electricity
During the long and dreary winter months, we spend a lot of money keeping our homes lit and heated. The sun is now shining well into the late evening so that we can keep the lights off until as late as 8 o’clock. The furnace will long be off and the windows will be open for a cool breeze throughout your home. This will undoubtedly lower the electricity bill, which should be directly reflected in your bank account.
2. Walking and Biking to Work
With the sun rising earlier and setting much later, you will be able to enjoy a brisk ride or stroll to work in the morning. You will also get out of the office in the evening with more than enough sunshine to take a nice walk or ride home. Think of all the money you will save by not having to put petrol in your car.
3. More Grilling, Less Baking
Ovens use a lot of energy and they can also make the inside of your home extremely hot. Not a great combination! With the extra hours of sunlight, you will be able to come home and fire up the grill outside instead. Not only do grills use less energy, they give you another great excuse to spend time outdoors.
4. Outdoor Activities
Less time in the house equals less energy used on lights, televisions and appliances! Perhaps the greatest benefit to having more sunlight in the summer months is all the outdoor activities you are able to engage in. Going for walks, working out, recreational sports and gardening are all wonderful summer hobbies that are great for your body as well as your bank account.
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