5 ways to spring into energy efficiency
Spring is a perfect time of year to make your home more energy efficient. Here are five quick tips that will save both energy and money. To learn about additional ways to cut your energy bill this spring, visit PEC's Ways to Save or Touchstone Energy's TogetherWeSave.com.
- Seal the cracks and gaps around your home. Spring may be the right time to put away those storm windows, but it is also a good time to add weatherstripping and caulking around leaky window panes. Our HVAC Tips include a video illustrating how easy it is to use a caulking gun to seal up leaks around your house around doors, vents, ductwork and windows. A typical PEC member can save more than $200 annually by properly sealing leaks.
- Change filters regularly. Furnace and air conditioner filters need to be changed monthly and this can really help lower monthly energy bills. Dirty filters can restrict air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your cooling system and make it work even harder on hot summer days.
- Clean the refrigerator inside and out. Now is a good time to not only throw out the leftover fruit cake from the holidays, but also to check the temperature settings on your refrigerator. Ideally, a refrigerator’s temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees for maximum operating efficiency.
- Think sun block. By pulling the shades on your windows this spring and summer, you could save about $35 a year. Your local hardware or do-it-yourself store has lots of inexpensive window coverings. Best of all, by blocking the sun, your house will stay cooler and more comfortable year-round.
- Enjoy the spring breezes. Use a clothesline throughout the warmer months to let the sun and breeze dry clothes naturally. This will reduce both energy and water bills, and add a genuine clean scent to your family’s laundry.