Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for many of us. It is a time to deep clean the house and to get rid of any unnecessary clutter. This is also a great time to clean or replace items in the house that may be causing your energy bill to be high.
Here’s a list of ten spring cleaning tips that will help you to reduce your energy costs:
- Check for air leakage by examining the weather-stripping around windows and doors and replace if damaged or cracked. 30% of the average house’s energy load is wasted by air leakage. Also, check to see that your fireplace damper, if you have one, is closed tightly.
- Clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter every month to trim your cooling costs and help your unit run more efficiently. If you have a HVAC system, change your furnace filters monthly.
- Clean inside and outside coils on your HVAC system; coils should be kept clean and free of debris.
- Inspect appliances for upgrades and repairs; a 10-year-old air conditioner is only half as efficient as a new one. You may be able to save money by upgrading appliances.
- Adjust your thermostat. For every degree you change your thermostat, you’ll save up to 5% on heating costs. Turning off the thermostat while away from home or asleep can save between 5% and 20% of your heating costs.
- Set your hot water heater between 115 and 120 degrees. You can save between 7% and 11% on water heating costs.
- Clean your dryer’s inside lint filter before each drying cycle; then clean the dryer’s outside vent so the vent closes tightly. Use the auto sensor function on your dryer, if you have one, to avoid over-drying your clothes.
- Clean your refrigerator’s exterior coils; dirty coils make the compressor work harder.
- Unplug devices that are used only occasionally. Many appliances, such as microwaves, computers, battery chargers, TVs and VCRs, are constantly drawing power to run clocks and sensors — more than 50 watts in a typical home.
- When dusting, don’t forget to wipe light bulbs for maximum illumination. And, when replacing old, burnt-out bulbs, consider switching to high-efficiency compact fluorescent lights.
Call us now for your $49 Spring maintenance inspection.