Saving energy saves you money. When the seasons change, the ways of reducing energy consumption also change. Learn how to increase your home's energy efficiency.
Everyone knows that saving energy means saving money. Besides reducing utility costs, reducing the amount of energy your home uses is also good for the environment.
So as you store away your winter gear and start to tackle spring cleaning, consider trying these simple energy-saving tips in your home this spring.
1. Open your windows
Embrace natural ventilation by letting in some fresh air. Opening your windows creates a cross-breeze that flows through the house for a natural cooling effect. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. When you wake up in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Spring is the perfect time to try this tip, since the temperatures are so mild.
2. Increase natural light in your home
Let the sun shine in by switching off any artificial lights during daylight hours. Instead, use windows and skylights to brighten your home. Besides reducing electricity costs, increasing natural light in your home has other benefits.
3. Use ceiling fans
Cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to comfortably raise the thermostat 4 degrees, since the moving air will feel cooler on your skin. Regular box and oscillating fans also work well if you don’t have ceiling fans.
4. Service your air conditioner
Easy maintenance, such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters, can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent according to the . Also, check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing optimally. It’s a good idea to have it inspected, serviced and cleaned once a year (ideally in the spring) to ensure it's ready to cool your house during the months you need it most.
5. Cook outside
On warmer spring days, stay out of the kitchen. When you cook with a stovetop or oven, you can end up heating up your kitchen and adjacent rooms by several degrees. Save your AC from having to work overtime by grilling outdoors whenever possible.
6. Install window treatments
Energy-efficient window treatments and coverings, such as blinds, shades and films, can slash the amount of heat that enters your home when the temperatures rise. These coverings will not only improve the look of your home, but also reduce your energy costs.
7. Caulk air leaks
Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home is one of the most inexpensive ways you can save money on your utilities. It can also can help improve your home's air quality, prevent moisture problems and prolong the life of your HVAC system. Pay particular attention to leaks around doors, windows, attic access panels, recessed ceiling lights, electrical outlets and switch plates.
8. Seal ducts
Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Sealing and insulating ducts can go a long way toward lowering your electricity bills.
Saving energy in your home can be very simple if you follow these steps, and it can help you save money on your energy bill. If you'd like to keep reducing your energy costs, consider investing in an affordable American Home Shield warranty. Having a warranty can help you with routine maintenance costs for your air conditioner and other home systems that can help keep your home running efficiently.