Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips

Here are some tips to help energy efficiency this spring

Spring and summer energy saving tips

1. Use your windows to gain cool air and keep out heat. If possible, turn off your cooling system at night and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.

2. Operate your thermostat efficiently. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

3. Use fans and ventilation to cool your home. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting to about 4°F without reducing comfort. When you shower or bathe, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity.

4. Keep your cooling system running efficiently. Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room’s air-conditioning thermostat. Vacuum vents regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your vents.

5. Don’t heat your home with appliances and lighting. 
On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, microwave oven, or grill outside. Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.

6. Keep hot air from leaking into your home. Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

7. Lower your water heating costs. Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°f). You’ll not only save energy, but you’ll also avoid scalding your hands.

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