Spring has finally sprung here in New England, and with warmer weather already hitting parts of the U.S., there’s no better time to share some of our favorite energy saving tips from the Department of Energy!
- Conduct an energy audit. This will help you determine where you can save the most.
- Use windows effectively. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off the AC and open your windows while you sleep. In the morning, shut the windows to capture the cool air and lock it inside.
- Set your thermostat properly. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Use smart ventilation strategies. Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after a shower or bath. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
- Decrease your use of appliances. On hot days, avoid using the oven as much as possible. Other options are to use the stovetop, a microwave or an outdoor grill. Wash only full loads of laundry and/ or dishes, then consider air drying them both.
- Use daylight over artificial light. Install efficient lighting that runs cooler, but try to take advantage of the increased amount of daylight. However, you should avoid direct sunlight.
- Take short showers instead of baths. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll also reduce your water use.
- Keep the hot air out. Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
- Lower your water heating costs. Water heating account for about 18% of energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120º F).
- Keep your cooling system running efficiently. Avoid placing lamps to TVs near your AC unit. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary and drive up the cost on your energy bills.
For more ideas on how to lower your energy bills this spring/ summer season, click here.