Happy Earth Day! Earth Day was this past Sunday and we just wanted to cover a few simple things you can do around the house to make a huge difference on energy efficiency. You’ll not only be saving our environment but your wallet too! These tips are all taken from the Department of Energy and Efficiency.
- Service your air conditioner. Even easy maintenance like replacing air filters can lower cooling costs by up to 15%.
- Open windows. Opening windows allows your house to naturally cool without the use of air conditioner. This is ideal during spring when temperatures are moderate.
- Use ceiling fans. Cooling your home with ceiling fans can lower your electricity bill while keeping you and your family comfortable.
- Cook outside. Keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
- Install window treatments. Blinds, shades and films can reduce heat from entering your home when temperatures begin to rise.
- Caulk air leaks. Using low-cost caulk to seals cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out and cash in your wallet.
- Bring in the sunlight. During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to lighten up your home.
- Set the thermostat. Setting a programable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not home can reduce energy consumption by up to 10%.
- Seal ducts. Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption.
- Switch on bathroom fans. Bathroom fans suck out heat and humidity from your home improving comfort.
These are just a few quick things you can do around the house to save some green!
Source: Lester, Paul. “10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring.” Energy.gov, www.energy.gov/articles/10-energy-saving-tips-spring.