Maximize energy savings with spring cleaning
Quick tips to cut clutter and energy use
Spring is the best season for energy savings, because temperatures tend to be mild, and that beautiful weather means you can rely less on your air conditioner. It’s also the time of year to turn on a fan and open your windows for some fresh air. Tidying up your home can get it spotless and keep your electric bill low. Try these easy spring-cleaning DIY projects and save!
- Get your HVAC serviced and change out filters
Before heading into summer, make sure your air conditioner is working as well as possible. Have a professional check and clean it once a year in the spring. You should also check your HVAC filters monthly. If they’re dirty, replace them. Changing your filters not only helps to reduce dust and allergens in your home — it will also 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 out freely. Closing vents in unused rooms will cause your HVAC to work harder.
- Dust your home
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, invest in a surge protector. These are similar to power strips, but protect your devices from power spikes. Remember to turn off surge protectors when you’re not using them — this will help to prevent devices from drawing energy when they’re idle.
- 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 to make sure they fit tightly so they don’t leak cool air.