Saving money is one of the most difficult things for millions of people to do in these tough economic times we are living in. However, there are a wide variety of methods that people can use to save money, many of which have never been considered by most people. So take a look at some unusual ways to save money.
- Paint your roof
An enormous amount of electricity used in the United States is because of air conditioning. However, you do not need to pay a fortune on your electric bill just to keep yourself cool. All you need to do is paint your roof white. By doing this, the rays of the sun will not be absorbed by your roof as much as they are to a traditional black roof. A white roof has the ability to lower your electric bill by as much as one-fifth, As an added bonus, there are certain states that provide rebates for individuals who apply a coating to their roof to keep it cool. Check online to see if your state is one that offers incentives for using this technique.
- Take less time to graduate
It is no secret that college is extremely expensive. Even if you go to a public university, you will be paying a considerable amount of money. Therefore, it is in your best interests to graduate as soon as you can. It is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years, as opposed to the standard four years that most people require. While doing this will take a lot of effort on your part, it can be done. Most colleges offer shortened classes in the summer. By taking classes in the summer for three years, you will be able to avoid the fourth year of college, saving yourself literally thousands of dollars in the process.
- Unplug everything when it is not in use
It is amazing how many people do not realize that all devices use electricity when they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on. This is especially true of devices with large black boxes on their plugs. Adapters are another thing that sucks up a lot of electricity needlessly when they are plugged in. Therefore, unplug all devices that you are not using. By taking this one simple step, you will be surprised and delighted how much money you end up saving.