Save Energy with Spring Cleaning
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to shake off the winter dust and get your home ready for a fresh start. Follow these spring cleaning tips to tidy up your home and save energy while you’re at it.
1. Check up on your AC
Hot summer months are ahead! It’s a good idea to service your HVAC system to make sure the filters are clear and everything is working as efficiently as possible. Keeping your heating and cooling system in good condition will ensure that the air you breath is cleaner, and it can also reduce your system’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
2. Don’t forget to dust
While you’re giving your shelves and countertops the usual dusting, don’t neglect your electronics! Dust actually prevents motorized and electronic equipment from running efficiently. Clear off your light bulbs, office equipment, electronic devices, refrigerator coils, dryer vents, and ceiling fans to make sure you aren’t wasting energy on dirty appliances.
3. Deep clean your refrigerator
Your refrigerator uses up to 14% of your home’s electricity, so upping your fridge’s efficiency can make a big difference in your electric bill. Start by cleaning off the seals around the door to keep cold air from escaping. It’s also a good idea to clean out your fridge’s contents while you’re at it. Get rid of those old condiments and questionable Tupperware containers, and restock on just the necessary supplies. Keeping your fridge two-thirds full is ideal for improved circulation and energy efficiency.
4. Swap out for LEDs
While you’re dusting off lamps and changing light bulbs, why not make sure that all your lights use LED bulbs? LED bulbs use 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. While they’re a little pricier, the investment pays off in the end. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs can save you $7 per year on reduced energy costs.
5. Spruce up your garden
The flowers are blooming again! As you spend more time outside, it may be time to take your spring cleaning out to the yard as well. Did you know you can save energy by using a few handy landscaping tricks? Well-placed trees and shrubs can insulate your home by provide shade in the summer and blocking wind in the winter, helping you save up to 30% on heating and cooling costs.
Spring is all about new beginnings, and spring cleaning is a great way to start the year with some energy-saving habits. This spring, you can look forward to a tidier house and lower electric bill.
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