Most homeowners are constantly looking for ways to improve energy efficiency while ensuring comfortable indoor temperatures. Besides saving utility costs and enhancing comfort, improved energy efficiency protects the environment. This article outlines six ways to save energy this spring.
Service your air conditioner regularly
With dirty condenser coils and clogged air filters, your air conditioning system will struggle to meet your temperature requirements, increasing energy usage. An inefficient heating and cooling system increases your energy bill and leaves a greater carbon footprint. A regular air conditioner service extends your system's operational life, improves its performance, and lowers energy use. Routine service and maintenance also eliminates the risk of sudden breakdowns, preventing costly emergency repair costs while ensuring that your air conditioning unit is always in top-notch condition.
Leverage a programmable thermostat
Turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees F for eight hours a day from its usual setting can save you up to 10% annually on your heating and cooling. Adjusting the device to suit your family's schedule helps you get the most out of it. Some programmable thermostats let you program various cooling settings for every day of the week. Rethink your schedule in early spring to ensure the HVAC system runs at preferred settings when you are home.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, but you can program your thermostat based on activity levels and occupancy to ensure perfect day and night temperatures. A smart thermostat device can access local weather forecasts to adjust temperature and humidity settings if the spring weather brings a rainstorm or heatwave.
Use Energy Star appliances
Adopting energy-efficient appliances helps you save energy and costs, safeguard the environment and improve your lifestyle. Using energy-inefficient appliances consumes a lot of energy, increasing utility bills and contributing to harmful greenhouse emissions. Consider choosing Energy Star labeled products because they meet EPA’s strict energy-efficiency standards. Any appliance, including refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, washing machines, air purifiers, and more that have earned the Energy Star, helps you save money and energy without compromising performance.
Use energy-efficient window treatments
Window treatments provide insulation, control solar heat gain, and use natural light to lower daylighting, saving energy. Window treatments go a long way towards improving your home's energy efficiency while enhancing comfortability. This is because comparing them to insulated ceilings and walls, windows easily let more heat in during the hot or warm seasons and out more warmth in cold seasons. To control solar heat gain in spring, close the window treatments during the day to ensure hot sun rays don't heat your home's interior, keeping it cooler and preventing the AC from working harder.
Consider smart power strips
Smart power strips are a quick and simple way to make your home more energy-efficient because phantom loads continue consuming energy even when electronic devices are in sleep mode. Smart power strips can detect when devices are in standby mode to cut off the power, saving energy.
Caulk around your doors and windows
The harsh winter weather might damage your door and window seals, letting out cool air and affecting your home’s energy efficiency. Inspect your home to ensure there aren’t any cracks or spaces. If you find them, fill them using a caulking gun.
Energy efficiency is a constant struggle for most homeowners. However, using these tips can help save energy this spring.