6 Energy-Saving Tips for Spring
After a long winter season, it’s always nice to see spring on the horizon. Now is the time to prepare for the incoming warm weather—throw open the windows, break out the short-sleeve shirts, and get your home ready with these simple energy-saving (and money-saving) tips!
1. Get a Programmable Thermostat.
Switching from a manual to a programmable thermostat can help you save on your energy bills. Set the indoor temperature higher during periods when you’re not home or at night when it cools down to conserve energy.
2. Use Window Treatments to Your Benefit.
On sunny days, keep window treatments open and let natural sunlight brighten your home instead of electricity. On very warm days, close your window treatments to block heat radiating from the sun, keeping rooms at a cooler temperature and your A/C running less frequently.
3. Get Grilling.
Cooking in your oven can give off quite a bit of extra heat. Opt to cook your family dinner outside on a propane grill
4. Use a Ceiling Fan.
According to gov, using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your A/C system lets you to raise your thermostat’s setting by 4°F without a reduction in comfort. Just don’t forget to turn off your fan when you leave the room; fans don’t cool rooms, just people.
5. Turn on Bathroom Fans.
When you shower, remember to turn on your bathroom fan to draw the heat and humidity out of the room.
6. Schedule an A/C Tune-Up.
Annual maintenance on your A/C system can do wonders for your energy bills. A tune-up performed by a local certified technician will help your system run at its maximum efficiency, keeping your home cool with less energy. Plus, cleaning or replacing your system’s filter allows the air to flow through properly; a blocked filter causes your system to work harder to keep your home cool.