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Spring Energy Saving Tips

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Spring Energy Saving Tips

As the weather warms up, it is smart to think about how you can save money and energy this spring and summer. Here are some tips on how to cut cooling costs but retain comfort in your home!  



Windows - you’ve got to love them this time of year but if your goal is to save some money and energy this spring, here are some tips you may consider. First, be sure to check your window seals to ensure they are working efficiently for you. If you need to replace your windows, spring is the best time to get it done so you aren’t spending a fortune on AC all summer trying to cool down your home. As the weather is cooler, open those windows and shut off the thermostat - fresh air is the best and it is a very energy-efficient way to keep a comfortable temperature. As the weather warms up, you may consider adding window treatments or coverings such as drapes, curtains or a light shade to prevent heat gain during the day through your windows.  


Fans & Ventilation  

Having fans in your home can be a great way to cool down, but not necessarily cool your home. The big tip with fans is to shut them completely off when you are done using them. Once spring hits, be sure you have changed your fan’s direction to counterclockwise for optimum cooling. Leaving fans running throughout the day in hopes of cooling down your home will only raise your energy bill. Another tip when to turn on your fan is if you are trying to remove humidity or heat, such as when you are cooking and when using the shower. You may even consider ventilation in your laundry room if that gets hot. With all three of these options, be sure to check the fans are vented outside.  



Have you heard of thermostat scheduling? Find what is most comfortable temperature-wise for your household during the day and when sleeping at night. Keeping your thermostat at the same temperature day and night could cost you quite a bit. The U.S. Department of Energy says the lower the difference between your indoor and outdoor temperature, the higher your energy savings.  


Like almost every other aspect of our daily lives, there are options to control your thermostat on your mobile device. This technology is fantastic for adjusting your temperature controls throughout the day as needed, especially if you’re out of town! Be sure to check over your air conditioner sooner rather than later and have regular maintenance scheduled. The worst-case scenario is mid-July you’ve got a broken air conditioner and a huge bill on the way to fix/replace it. A big tip for your room air-conditioning thermostat is to avoid placing objects that give off the heat too close. These objects could be a lamp, TV, fridge, etc. that give off significant heat when in use that can cause your air conditioner to run much longer than needed.  


Appliances & Lighting  

This may seem like an obvious tip, but more times than not the lights you’re using get overlooked. There are great options on the market for more efficient lighting that give off much less heat. The sun is out the most in the spring and summertime, so find ways to keep the lights off and operate solely on natural lighting. As for appliances when you are running, say your dishwasher or doing laundry, consider doing those in the evening when it cools off. Also, consider doing full loads as needed rather than smaller loads to stay caught up. The less you can run your large appliances, the more affordable your bills will be and your house may just be a bit cooler during the day.  


There are many great benefits to warmer weather, but it can get toasty! Incorporate these tips into your routine now so you can efficiently save some energy and money but still be comfortable.