Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be monopolized by scrubbing windows and weeding things out. Saving energy during spring is another way to clean up the environment and your spending.
How to Save Energy This Spring
Follow these five simple spring energy-saving tips to reduce your energy costs immediately.
1. Let the (Sun) Light Shine In
It’s easy to forget about the sun during the long, dark days of winter. But come mid-March, the sun starts rearing its bright head at least 12 hours a day. It’s time to take advantage of the Earth’s ultimate free energy source.
Trees and shrubs are still largely barren, allowing sunlight direct access into your home. Take down the curtains, blinds, or other window treatments that you’ve been using to keep the cold air out and give them a good shake – it’s a season for cleaning, after all! Regardless, open your blinds and shades to let the sun heat your rooms on cool days.
Bonus? The sun is a natural ultraviolet germ killer! You not only heat your home with free energy, but you will also kill potentially dangerous bacteria at the same time.
2. Start Using Fans
On warm spring days, it may be tempting to turn on the air conditioner. However, air conditioners use a lot of energy – plus, they are a major cause of carbon emissions.
A method of saving energy during spring is to switch off your AC units. Instead, turn on your ceiling and bathroom fans. Ceiling fans help circulate air in your home, moving hot air up and cooler air down. A low fan breeze also creates a micro-windchill effect, naturally cooling your body.
Bathroom fans collect and expunge humid air out of your house. Reduced humidity will not only cool down your bathroom but can have an impact on adjacent rooms as well.
3. Take Your Cooking Outside
Ovens and stoves produce heat, which may cause you to turn on the AC or – better yet – all the fans in your house.
To avoid both types of energy-using systems, if there’s no inclement weather and you have a grill or firepit available, why not cook outside? Not only will it reduce the heat in your home, but you will also save money on electric and gas costs associated with appliance use.
4. Replace Your Air Filters
Your furnace and AC filters have been chugging along all winter. Like a COVID-19 facemask used for days without washing, it’s time to replace it.
Filters not only clog with dirt and germs over time, but they actually prevent your furnace and AC from working efficiently. Dusty HVAC filters cost you money and increase carbon emissions.
Most filters can be bought at any hardware store and are very affordable. Besides, your energy savings will likely offset the cost of the filter, and you’ll be helping the environment. That’s called a win-win!
5. Tweak Those Thermostat Settings
As winter gives way to spring, it’s time to check in on the (likely dusty) thermostat on the wall. Your winter settings – maximizing heat over the coldest months – may be fairly high and almost always can be modified.
Try adjusting your room temperature down a few degrees as it heats up outside. You’ll find that your house doesn’t need furnace heat as much now that your home is being bombarded by a rising sun. A thermostat tweak is one of the surest ways to save you money in the spring. It’s also the easiest!
Saving Energy During Spring 2021
If you are interested in saving energy during spring, these five tips will help get you started. But these aren’t all the energy-saving tips for spring. Switching your energy provider is also an option. For more tips and to learn about switching to renewable energy options, contact Starion Energy today.