Easily Add Energy Efficiency to Your Spring Cleaning To-Do List

Easily Add Energy Efficiency to Your Spring Cleaning To-Do List

Spring cleaning list
We know how it is. Cleaning is a pain. So once you get in the mood for cleaning, you want to get it all done in one go so you don’t have to worry about it for awhile. So while you’re still in the mood for doing a few chores, add these four energy efficiency jobs to your to-do list to save yourself some money.

Change your return duct’s air filter
If it’s been awhile since you’ve changed your air filter, now’s the time to get it done!

Failing to replace a dirty air filter will impede airflow in your home, causing your air conditioner to run longer/use more energy to cool your home to the temperature you set.

Get rid of energy-wasting light bulbs
According to Energy.gov, traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light in your home.

Installing LED lights is the most energy efficient alternative because they only use 20%–25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Bonus: since LEDs produce much less heat than incandescent bulbs, replacing your old lights can actually help reduce your air conditioning bills, as well.

Examine your windows and doors for leaks
Imagine you’re driving on the highway with your air conditioner on full blast, but your window is wide open. All that cold air would escape so you’d be using your car’s air conditioner in vain.

The same goes for running your home’s air conditioner while you have cracked seals or worn weather stripping in your doors or windows. These leaks let your air conditioner air out of your home and increase your summer energy bills.

You should seal around your windows and replace worn weather stripping around your exterior doors to prevent the cooled air from escaping.

Lower your water heater’s temperature
Here’s a simple task to save money: Set your water heater to 120°F.

According to Energy.gov, 120°F is hot enough to be comfortable for most uses and uses less energy than the default water heater setting of 180-190°F.

Get it all done while you’re still in the mood

Take advantage of “work inertia” from your spring cleaning, and add these simple energy efficiency jobs to your to-do list to save some money.

Want to save even more through energy efficiency?

Reduce your energy bills even further by utilizing these helpful online energy management resources.