Spring clean your electric bill
Five tips to cut clutter and energy use
This spring, there’s a new reason to get excited about decluttering – sprucing up your home may also help you save energy and money. Next time you get the urge to tidy up, consider these tips for a clean home that may have energy-saving benefits.
- Replace your HVAC filters
Check your HVAC filters monthly. If they’re dirty, replace them. Changing your filters will not only reduce dust and allergens in your home — it will help your system work more efficiently.
- Don’t block your air vents
Check your vents to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, boxes, or other items. Keep them open so air can flow freely. Closing vents in unused rooms will cause your HVAC to work harder, not smarter.
- Make friends with a feather duster
Regular dusting around your home can actually help your electronics. Dust can block fans on your devices, which could lead to overheating and possibly ruin electronics.
While you’re dusting, revisit your air vents. Cleaning dust and dander out of your vents can help make the air you breathe healthier for you and your family.
- Pay attention to plugs
Don’t overload your plugs. If you have to use multiple plugs, use a power strip. Remember to turn off the power strip when not in use – this will keep devices from drawing energy when they’re idle.
For large devices like a television, opt for a power surge protector. It’s similar to a power strip, but also protects your devices from power spikes.
- Clean out the fridge
Defrost freezers and refrigerators to avoid ice buildup. Ice accumulation on coils can cause them to work harder. If you’re taking time to clean your fridge, don’t forget to check the seals on the doors and ensure they are tight and not leaking cool air.