Looking for ways to save some energy this spring? We have a few ideas for you! These 8 areas of your home can start helping you save energy if you follow our tips. Pretty soon, you’ll be saving some green while you enjoy all of the other bright colors beginning to bloom!
1. Thermostat — Programmable thermostats help regulate your home’s daily temperature. During the spring, we don’t need heat anymore and AC isn’t needed yet, so set your thermostat to the cooling mode, but set the temps a bit higher than you normally would for summer. This will help keep your home cool on hot days, but allow you to take advantage of natural air on more comfortable days.
2. Sunlight — Keep sunlight from warming up your home by using curtains or blinds during the day on the south and west sides of your home. If you want to keep the light but not the heat, window treatments can help you out. Some treatments can be applied that let in nearly all of the light, but reflect the UV light that warms up your house.
3. Energy Star — In the spirit of spring cleaning, ditch some old appliances and electronics in favor of Energy Star qualified ones. These new items will use 20-30% less electricity, saving you up to $750 over the life of the appliances.
4. Lighting — Every incandescent bulb you replace with an energy efficient bulb can save about $15/year in lighting. Switch some of your most used lights — hallways, restrooms, and playrooms — to LEDs and see the savings! They’ll even last you a couple of decades!
5. Power Strips — Use power strips to effectively cut power to several devices at once. Any electronic device that is plugged in is drawing power. The only way to stop this is to cut power to it. Get a remote activated power strip to conveniently shut off power to devices in inconvenient locations.
6. Water — Reduce your electricity use by insulating hot water pipes and heaters. You can also reduce the setting on your tank to 120°F to save even more!
7. HVAC Maintenance — Now is the time to tune up your AC! As it gets warmer, tune ups and repairs will become more costly. Getting it done now means you’ll be ready for the hot weather to come!
8. Energy Audit — Getting an energy audit will help you find other areas of your home that need improvements to make it more energy efficient. They can find easy to miss air leaks and other issues. Once you have the audit done, you’ll know what to take care of over the summer before winter hits again.