April 17, 2019

 

Earth Day is Monday, April 22.  To celebrate, Efficiency Smart offers the following earth-friendly tips that can save you energy and money while increasing your home’s comfort.

 

  • Service your air conditioning system: Poorly maintained systems will typically run less efficiently over time. If it’s been a few years since a technician has looked at your HVAC system, call a professional to check if your system has an adequate refrigerant charge and is working properly.

 

  • Set the right temperature: Most HVAC systems run at a fixed speed and supply a fixed rate of cooling. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat below your desired setting won’t cool the home quicker, but will waste energy getting the home to a lower temperature than necessary.

 

  • Seal air leaks and gaps: Caulking and adding weather stripping your home are two cost-effective air-sealing techniques that can help keep conditioned air from leaking out.

 

  • Take in the breeze: Open windows during milder spring temperatures and during cooler summer nights. This can help naturally cool your home without having to switch on your air conditioner. Just remember to shut the windows if you need to use air conditioning.

 

  • Light your home efficiently: Use natural light in your home when possible. When you need to turn on the lights, consider replacing lightbulbs with ENERGY STAR ® certified LEDs. Start by replacing lightbulbs you use for more than three hours a day, which can save you $15 annually per bulb. Replace the rest of your lightbulbs as they burn out.

 

  • Save on air conditioning costs: Raise the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home for more than a couple hours to save on cooling costs. Consider purchasing an advanced thermostat, which can automatically adjust the temperature based on outside weather conditions and your schedule.

 

  • Be a fan of fans: Reduce your air conditioning costs while keeping the same level of comfort by using your ceiling fan and raising the thermostat around four degrees. Make sure to turn off the ceiling fans when you leave, as fans cool people, not rooms.

 

  • Spring clean around your home: Cut your energy costs by getting better performance from your appliances.
  • Clean dust from under your fridge and any exposed coils at the back
  • Clear lint from the exhaust hose and the filter of your clothes dryer
  • Dust bathroom ceiling fan covers and fan blades
  • Take a look outside for any accessible exterior vents and clear them of any dust, webs, leaves or lint
  • Change your air filter, as a clogged air filter will make your system work harder to cool your home.
  • Make sure your air vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes so your home can be cooled efficiently

 

  • Learn more: Visit efficiencysmart.org/resources  for a list of tools and tips you can use to save energy and learn about energy efficiency in your home year-round.

 

For information about services and financial incentives available to customers of municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.

 

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