Easy Ways to Save Energy This Spring
After a harsh winter, Pennsylvania homeowners are looking forward to the sun-filled days and warmer weather that comes with spring. Now’s the perfect time to prep your home before the season’s thaw. Add these tasks to your spring cleaning to-do list to save money and energy as temperatures rise.
6 Simple Energy-Saving Tips
1. Schedule Your A/C Tune-Up
Just like your heating system, your air conditioning equipment requires professional maintenance to run safely and efficiently. Have your A/C tuned up in advance so that your equipment is ready when summer hits. Routine maintenance will help your cooling system run more efficiently, lower energy costs, and reduce the risk of a breakdown.
2. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Switching from a manual to a programmable thermostat can help you save on your energy bills. Set the indoor temperature higher during periods when you’re not home or at night when it cools down to conserve energy.
3. Install Ceiling Fans
Did you know that using ceiling fans while your air conditioner is on can help save energy? Running both together can actually lower the temperature on your thermostat by four degrees without impacting your comfort. Don’t forget to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room to boost energy savings even more!
4. Use Window Treatments
Keep curtains closed during the day once temps start to rise. It may be tempting to let in natural light, but on hot sunny days the sun’s rays can quickly bump up the temperature in the room, causing your air conditioning to work harder and run longer.
5. Cook Outdoors
Grilling season doesn’t start on the Fourth of July! Cooking outdoors is not only healthy, but can reduce your propane or electricity use.
6. Seal Drafts
If you haven’t checked your home for air leaks, now’s the time! Drafts around windows and doors allow outdoor air inside your home, which can affect both your heating and cooling systems to work overtime.
Looking for more helpful energy-saving tips? Call the home comfort experts at Eshenaurs to schedule your air conditioning tune-up before the rush!