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Spring cleaning with energy efficiency in mind

If these mild, sunny days have motivated you to start your spring cleaning, try these projects that may help you use less electricity.


Clean your refrigerator's coils

This do-it-yourself video shows how to save energy by making sure your refrigerator's coils are clear of dust and dirt.

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Appliances, A/C good spring cleaning projects

It's time to start thinking of spring cleaning to get done around the house before summer is upon us.

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Don't forget to clean dryer vent hose

People sometimes tend to forget about simple maintenance on everyday appliances. The dryer vent hose is a good example.

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Dirty vents may tell a tale

The HVAC system filter should be changed on a regular basis — monthly is ideal.

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Quick tips for efficiency:

  • Unplug unused refrigerators or freezers.
  • Set refrigerator temperature to 34-37 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer temperature to 0-5 degrees.
  • Use microwave for cooking when possible.
  • Rinse dirty dishes with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.
  • Use cold water for garbage disposal.
  • Run dishwasher only when fully loaded.
  • Use air-dry cycle instead of heat-dry cycle to dry dishes.

Commercial members

PEC Business Center

Energy efficiency projects aren't just for residential members. Commercial members can visit PEC's Business Center for information about incentives to help offset the cost of efficiency-related upgrades.

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