Spring Clean For Efficiency
While energy conservation is a year-round commitment, spring is a great time to make home improvements that may lower your utility costs.
- Spring cleaning. Cleaning under and behind your refrigerator will improve operating efficiency, and dusting light bulbs will increase light output. When cleaning windows, make sure they are sealed properly.
- Check your air conditioner. Clean or replace the system’s filter and adjust thermostat settings for warmer weather. Have your system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Outdoors, trim back any plants or vines growing around the unit.
- Change direction. As the temperature rises, reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. In summer, they should be set counterclockwise to create a downward airflow that will make rooms feel cooler.
- Let it slide. If you have a sliding door, make sure the track is clean. Dirt buildup from foot traffic in winter and early spring can damage the door seal and create gaps where cool air can escape.
- Stay cool with attic ventilation. Attic ventilation systems draw cool air up through the house, providing the same level of comfort as an air conditioner, but at a much lower cost.