How to Turn Daylight Savings into Energy Savings
Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to set our clocks forward. Now that days are longer and nights are warmer, your energy habits may have changed a bit. What can you do to save energy while adjusting to a new schedule?
1. Let there be light
You may be used to turning on the lights as soon as you get home in the evening. But don’t forget that the extra couple hours of daylight we get in the spring can be put to good use lighting your home. Keep your lights off and your blinds open in the late afternoon and evening. This will allow natural light in and save you money on your electric bill.
2. Work with the weather
As it gets warmer out, resist the temptation to turn on the air conditioning during the day. The sun may be shining for longer, but you can take steps to prevent it from heating up your home. Try shutting your blinds against the sunlight while keeping your windows cracked for a cool breeze and improved air circulation.
3. Good housekeeping
It’s easy to cozy up at home during the dark winter months, especially after coming back from a long day at work. But with more daylight hours, you may feel more inclined to be out and about in the evening. Why not put that extra energy to use on some important housekeeping projects? Maintaining good home insulation by touching up caulking and sealing air ducts will help you save tons on your HVAC bill. And don’t forget to clean your gutters, change your filters, and check your furnace and water heater. Remember, a well-maintained home is an energy efficient home.
4. Take it outside
With more sunlight to go around, you’ll probably be spending more time outside. Try using some handy landscaping techniques to help you save energy as the weather gets warmer. Planting trees and shrubs strategically on the northwest and northeast sides of your home can reduce your air conditioning bill by up to 35%.
5. Set your thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, don’t forget to reset it to your new schedule. Take the longer days into account when adjusting the timetable, especially if it’s still a bit chilly and you turn the heat on at night. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider making the investment! You won’t have to worry about turning the thermostat off when you leave the house, and it can help you save between 10% and 30% on your heating and cooling bills.
As we spring forward this season, we have the opportunity to take stock of our energy habits and make some energy-saving changes where necessary.
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