Springtime is usually associated with decluttering your home, but in addition to spring cleaning it’s also a chance to review ways to conserve your energy at home. Here are a few simple things you can work into spring cleaning routine to ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible.
- Air Leaks & Insulation: Check throughout the home to ensure that all of your walls and windows are properly sealed. According to the Department of Energy, you can rack in up to 5% to 30% in energy savings just from resolving air leaks. Also ensure that your attic and walls are sufficiently insulated.
- Home Upgrades: If you haven’t already done so, consider a smart thermostat to lower your energy bill. Check with your local utility company on any rebate programs that are out there that can add to the savings.
- Make New Habits: Starting new habits such as shortening your shower times and letting your dishes air dry instead of using the dishwasher’s heat are other ways to cobble together some energy savings. According to the Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends $2,200 a year in energy bills and can save up to 25% in energy consumption by following these simple tips.
- Get A Home Energy Inspection: Lighting, appliances and electronics can all have wiring issues that go undetected that cause your home to waste energy. To solve this, many electrical companies offer home energy inspections to help you determine the major energy suckers of your home.
- Practice HVAC Maintenance: In addition to regularly checking your HVAC system and swapping filters on-schedule, be sure you are professionally getting your system inspected once a year.
By following these tips, you and your family can enjoy a more comfortable home that heats and cools evenly, as well as save money and help the environment. Whether you make small changes over time or invest in a lot of changes at once, greener living is a doable endeavor for every home.
Bio: Gulf Coast Electric specializes in electrical services in Fort Walton Beach, including energy audits for home and business owners.