Spring Cleaning Tips that Save Energy
It’s that time of year again! Winter seems to have said it’s final goodbye and the warmer temperatures are becoming more than just a sporadic visitor. And if you’re like most of us, the sunshine is shining on your to-do list and number of the home projects to get finished before the summer arrives is growing by the day!
When it comes to spring projects, experts say it’s important to prioritize by importance and amount of effort needed to complete. Don’t attempt to do everything in one weekend and try to integrate the smaller projects into the larger ones so you feel like you’re readily marking things off the list.
Perhaps the most dreaded of all spring projects is the spring clean. We know, we know. But just imagine how great you’ll feel when you’ve finished that last closet and turn around to a house that’s freshly organized and ready for a beautiful summer. It’s true that the idea of cleaning your entire house can seem daunting, but doing so can provide both short and long-term benefits.
Chances are you don’t always notice the many ways you are wasting energy around the house. However, since you’re going to be getting up close and personal with your home during the spring clean, take our advice and look for ways to make your home more energy efficient and save big over the next year. While you’re scrubbing away and organizing clutter, keep these simple tips in mind:
Redirect ceiling fans. Every noticed that tiny switch on your ceiling fan? It actually does have a purpose, and it’s one that can save you energy. Flip that switch while you’re dusting to send your fan counterclockwise so you’re not wasting that much-needed A/C in the summer.
Vacuum refrigerator coils. Have you looked behind your refrigerator lately? If you haven’t, let us warn you. It might not be pretty. But if you’re back there cleaning anyway, make sure to dust that build-up on refrigerator coils. It can force the fridge to work harder to keep things cold so it’s worth a few minutes to wipe it down.
Change air conditioning filters. While you’re wiping down your vents, take a few extra minutes to check out your filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed them, then take the time to do it now. Not only will it improve air quality but it will make sure your system isn’t wasting energy. Changing air filters bi-monthly is a good rule of thumb.
Reset programmable thermostats. If you use a smart thermostat, chances are they’ve already picked up on changing temperature preferences. However, since you’re in warm-weather prep mode, take a few minutes to adjust your programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats are great tools for saving energy and money, and they’re incredibly easy-to-use.
Caulk air leaks. While it’s true that some energy-saving repairs might require a handyman, caulking air leaks is not one of them! For just a few dollars, purchase some caulk and seal any open air leaks, especially around windows. Doing so will ensure that precious air-conditioned cool air stays where it belongs—inside!
Inspect sliding doors. If your home has a sliding glass door, take a few minutes to get all the grit and grime out of the track. The build up can can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.
Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming but knowing you’ll start saving energy (and money) after you finish will hopefully make the process a little more fulfilling.
Have you discovered other ways to save energy while spring cleaning?