Today, March 20th, marks the first day of spring! For many that means giving the house, apartment or yes, even the office a good cleaning. Spring, however, is also a great time to adopt a spring cleaning for energy efficiency routine. Small changes like these can make a BIG difference in your home’s energy consumption, comfort, and cost.
Change air filters every three months – Routinely replacing or cleaning your air filters will not only keep your air cleaner, but can lower your HVAC equipment’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent, per the U.S. Department of Energy. Look for healthy living or hypoallergenic filters as these will help increase your indoor air quality.
Reduce water heater temperature – One good way to control energy costs is to reduce the temperature on your water heater. It’s a fact. Turning down the temperature 10˚F can save you 3 to 5 percent on energy costs. Double that if you lower it from 140˚F to 120˚F (this is an adequate spring/summer temperature).
Redirect ceiling fans – Air conditioning is often a homeowners’ biggest expense – especially in the summer. One way to get more out of your air conditioner, but still pay less is to take advantage of your home’s ceiling fans by directing them to circulate counterclockwise; forcing cool air down rather than up.
Seal air leaks – Nobody likes a drafty home, no matter what the season. Sealing your home of air leaks keeps the cool air in, the warm air out, and the cash in your wallet while increasing home comfort. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air sealing techniques.
Check your insulation levels – Inadequate levels of insulation can result in abnormally high energy bills. If you’re not sure why your bill is so high, check your current insulation levels. Per this year’s Cost vs. Value report, adding fiberglass insulation to your attic has an average return on investment of 107.7%.