5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Energy Efficiency
With spring in full swing, it’s time to consider preparing your home for summer’s higher temperatures. By taking action now, you can experience maximum savings on your utility bills in the warmer months. Additionally, all of these tips can be utilized while you get started on your spring cleaning! Here are five of our most energy saving tips for summer-izing your home:
Although the weather may still be too cool for using the A/C, now is the ideal time to do some easy cleaning and maintenance on it. Replace the air filters at least every three months to lower energy consumption by 5-15%. Check the evaporator coil (at least once a year) and clean if necessary. Make sure your thermostat is working as well and set properly. Last, if it’s been awhile since you bought an air conditioner, it might be wise to consider shopping for an energy efficient A/C for long-term savings.
Save on your water bill by making some quick and easy adjustments to your water heater. A good rule of thumb is to lower the temperature on the heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For every 10 degree reduction, you can save from 3-5% on heating costs! Another tip to consider is to take short showers instead of long baths that use up a lot of warm water.
Your fridge uses nearly 14% of the household’s energy. There are a couple ways to cut down on this part of the electric bill. One way is by dusting the coils in the back of the fridge (be careful rolling the refrigerator away from the wall!). This may also be a great time to clean out all of the old food and drinks that have been spending too much time in the vegetable drawer. By keeping the fridge at around two-thirds full, you can promote circulation and efficiency!
When the temperature starts heating up, you want to make sure that you keep the cool inside. Start from the top! Insulating your attic and walls and sealing cracks and door openings prevents air from leaking into your home. Use fans (ceiling or floor) and window curtains and raise the thermostat setting around 4 degrees Fahrenheit while still maintaining your comfort. Another fun way to keep your home cool? Use your outdoor grill instead of indoor appliances to save money – and have a nice BBQ!
Sometimes we forget that we can save energy by utilizing the places outside of our house. A well-planned landscape can give shade to your windows and roof and therefore save you anywhere from 15-50% on your air conditioning costs. Well-planned trees and shrubs can also do double duty in winter months by creating a windbreak.
Integrate these helpful tips into your spring cleaning plans and reap the awards this summer in your energy savings.
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