Summertime, and the livin' is easy - but only if you have the right tools to make short work of the chores that come with warm weather.

Lawn mowing and edging, garden cultivating, hedge trimming, and dozens of others. They're all part of the summer scene and they're all time-consuming.But nowadays they needn't be burdensome, and they needn't take all that long. The secret is the new generation of electrical tools - fast, powerful, clean-running and double insulated for safety.

And, what's more, they're inexpensive to buy and operate.

For example, a high quality 21-inch electric lawnmower with a lifetime high-impact polymer deck costs about $250 - considerably less than a comparable gas-operated mower. And with electricity, there are no starting problems, emergency trips to the gas station, or fuel spills that make bright yellow polka dots on your lawn. For all this convenience, an electric mower cost only about 12 cents an hour to operate.

For the manicured look, your lawn needs regular edging. Nothing does it better than an electric edge-trimmer. Gas models can cost hundreds. A good electric edger goes for about $80. And it will cost only about 15 cents an hour to operate.

Hedge trimming can be a killer if you have to hoist a heavy gas-powered model for more than a couple of minutes. Easy-to-lift electric models cost about $50 and take just three cents an hour to operate.

Another work-reducer that runs on practically nothing is an electric weed eater that clears a 13-inch path with a spinning line. Nothing trims around trees, fence lines and sprinkler heads more efficiently than these handy tools. A high-quality model costs about $40 and will give you an hour's work on three cents worth of power.

How about a mini-cultivator to take the labor out of gardening? There are electric models just right for any size plot and any size gardener. And they keep away backaches while they keep away weeds. A good one runs about $100. They cost about eight cents an hour to operate.

An electric blower is super for harvesting leaves - no tedious raking over again. Expect to pay about $45 for a quality machine. And expect to pay only six cents an hour to run it.

Another great tool is an electric chain saw. A good, 12-inch saw with a low-kick guide bar will cost about $60. Remarkably, it will do a giant-size job for you for just 11 cents an hour.

When the work is done, broil savory hamburgers or steaks on your electric barbecue grill. Featuring variable heat control and lava rock briquettes, a top quality model costs about $100. It will operate on just 15 cents worth of power per hour.

Then to top things off right, soak in a hot tub and count your summertime blessings. One is how little it cost to keep the tub at just the perfect temperature - about 50 cents per day.