Home Energy Efficiency – For the Spring

April 2, 2014


Home Energy Efficiency – For the Spring

Spring-cleaning involves making sure all the fans in your home are working properly and are dust-free.
Consider installing a timer switch on your bathroom fan, so that it runs only as long as it is required.
Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan.
In the winter, let the fan push warm air toward the floor and in summer, switch the direction and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.
In preparing for the summer, consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows.
They’ll help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
Have a certified professional perform a thorough tune-up on your air conditioner.  A clean motor and new air filter provides optimal air flow. Less strain on the operation will extend the life of the AC and keep utility costs lower.  If your air conditioner is over 12 years old, replace it with a new, energy-efficient, environmental friendly model.  You could save up to 60% on your utility bill for cooling.  Look for the ENERGY STAR labels.
Have you ever thought about installing an attic ventilator?
An attic ventilating system draws cool air up through the house and can provide the same level of comfort as an air conditioner at a much lower cost. Pump in cool air during summer evenings then seal your home during the day. Attic ventilation can help lower winter heating bills too.
Does your home have a sliding glass door?
Make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.
When dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator’s condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity.
As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely.

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