10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring and Save Money

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Spring is almost here! To prepare for Spring you should start getting your house ready to save energy usage and money during the new season. Here are 11 tips to help get things in order.

  1. Clean and organize your rooms. With Spring approaching you can now put store bulky sweaters and coats in airtight bins until next winter. If you aren’t wearing some of your clothes any more, consider donating them.
  2. Optimize your HVAC units. Blocked air filters in your HVAC units can hamper their efficiency making them work harder to keep you cool. That means more energy use and additional costs for you. In spring and summer allergen levels are higher, so it’s important to replace your filter about every 60 days.
  3. Use compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs give off less heat than regular incandescent bulbs and will save you a lot on energy costs. Switch to them as soon as you can.
  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. During the summer months your fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool off a room. Using your fan instead of an air conditioner can save you money.
  5. Keep your dryer vents clean. A quick cleaning of your dryer vents can prevent clogs that cause warm air to blow back in to a room.
  6. Check insulation and caulking around doors and windows. Your windows and doors should be properly insulated to keep warm air out. Make sure that the weather stripping on your door is intact and the seal around the door is good. Check the seals around the windows to make sure there is no splitting of cracking. Winter can separate or erode caulking but it can easily be fixed with external silicone caulking or sealant.
  7. Save energy in your kitchen. It takes a lot of electricity to keep your kitchen going. Consider upgrading your appliances with an Energy Star labeled model. The replacement will use 40% less energy than conventional models sold before 2001. You should also replace all lighting in the kitchen with CFL’s, which use less energy and generate less heat.
  8. Save energy in your living room. Your living room also uses a lot of energy. Even in stand-by mode, electronic devices will use electricity unless they are completely shut off. Although it can be pricey to upgrade electronics like a TV or recording device, replacing old equipment with “Energy Star” labeled units will make a big difference in the amount of energy you use. Remember to turn off lights and any devices when they are not in use.
  9. Keep your attic cool. In summer your attic will get very hot. Cool things down by adding insulation, which acts as a barrier. In winter it keeps heat in and during the summer it keeps heat out. Make sure to seal your attic first to prevent air leaks before adding the insulation. Caulking or weather stripping all cracks and openings will do the trick. Consider installing a fan to help keep your attic cooler as well.
  10. Save energy in your garage. The garage is usually ignored when it comes to energy use, but it can be one of the biggest sources of energy drain in your home. Adding a weather strip to the bottom of the garage door and the door entering your home will help prevent outside air from coming in and air conditioned air from escaping. If you have a refrigerator or freezer in your garage, make sure you have a model that is built for extreme temperatures so it doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cold. Normal fridges will use a lot more energy.

 

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