Spring Forward: 7 Smart Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips
Spring is here! And it’s time to embrace the things that define the season. For many, that includes baseball, family outings, gardening —and spring cleaning.
Spring is also the ideal time for taking a fresh look at how you’re using electricity, and consider trying these home maintenance tips to help raise the energy-efficiency of your home.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils
Take a minute to see how much dust and debris may have built up on the coils of your refrigerator. Whatever accumulates there can force the unit’s motor to work harder. Simply vacuuming the coils could reduce refrigerator energy usage which could save you money.
- Replace A/C filters
Most manufacturers say you should swap out filters every three months (once a season) to extend the longevity of your air conditioner and achieve the best air quality for your home.
- Dust electronics, vents and light bulbs
Did you know dust can prevent electronics, light bulbs and vents from performing at maximum efficiency, which can waste electricity? Next time you have that duster in your hand, take an extra few minutes to clean these areas.
- Install a programmable thermostat
Conventional thermostats are designed to keep your home at a constant temperature based on a setting you determine. But with a programmable thermostat you can set your system to automatically heat, cool or turn off at select times of the day based on your lifestyle. Installing one of these devices could help save you cooling costs.
- Tune up your air conditioner
Don’t wait for the heat of the summer months to find out your unit needs maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to bring in a pro and give your air conditioner the attention it deserves and help reduce your electricity costs.
- Seal all cracks
Check the weather stripping and seals around your windows and doors. Sealing gaps can help keep cool air inside the house instead of cooling the outside. You’ll save energy, and make your home more comfortable, too.
- Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® appliances
Older washers, dryers, stoves and refrigerators may still run fine, but could be very energy-inefficient and waste your energy dollars. Consider replacing these and other household appliances with new, more electricity-wise ENERGY STAR® products. You’ll cut down on your electricity usage. Every little bit helps!
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