Spring into new energy savings.
Spring is here! Or nearly here. Or maybe it’s been here for months?
Okay, the weather can be a little inconsistent in these parts, but regardless of whether there’s snow or daffodils outside your window right now, this is the perfect time to take on a few small projects around the house that could help lead to some real energy savings.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Clean up the dust and lint.
Put away the feather duster, because it will do you no good here. The dust we’re talking about lives in your HVAC filter. Why is that a problem? As your filter fills up with dust and other particles, your HVAC system has to work a lot harder to keep the air flowing. Over time, that extra strain is going to show up on your energy bill. Changing the HVAC filter regularly helps keep that from happening.
And for bonus points, this is also a good time to do a serious deep clean on your dryer. You probably changed the lint trap already, but when was the last time you looked at the ducts? The lint that builds up in those ducts can cause the dryer to work a lot harder—and can even turn into a fire hazard.
Get a batch of brand-new bulbs.
Spring is usually the time you start planting your perennials, but there’s another type of bulb you should think about this year. We’re talking, of course, about energy efficient ENERGY STAR® LEDs. If you haven’t already made the switch in your home, then you’re wasting energy each time you flip the switch.
ENERGY STAR LEDs don’t just use less power, they also last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs. And if you make the switch this season, be sure to check out our lighting rebate—it’s sure to put a spring in your step.
Make a big ol’ mess in the attic.
After a couple weekends spent cleaning up around the house, you’ll probably never want to look at a mop bucket again. But there’s one place you’ve got the perfect excuse to make a big stinkin’ mess, all in the name of saving energy.
We’re talking about the attic. One of the best ways to help improve your home’s energy efficiency is to check the insulation levels in your attic and, wherever necessary, add more.
And hey, can we help it if adding insulation sometimes looks a lot like blasting a huge mess of fluff all over the place? Nobody ever said saving energy couldn’t be fun.
If you’re really in the mood to save this season, contact your Energy Advisor for more ideas or to schedule a free home energy assessment.