We are in the middle of March which means spring is right around the corner. As we get into spring, temperatures will start increasing, and it will be getting warmer and warmer outside. Once it gets warm out, it is time to change your energy usage patterns from the winter month inside your home. Luckily, there are a few simple ways you and your family can save energy once spring arrives.
Check Your A/C Unit
One of the simplest ways to save energy during the spring is to check your home’s air conditioning unit. If your A/C unit is old or functioning improperly, then it is wasting energy leading to a costly energy bill. When you are checking your unit, it is always good to replace your filter so that you have a fresh one at the start of spring. Regularly maintaining your A/C unit can reduce energy consumption by 15 percent, according to the Department of Energy.
Seal Air Leaks
When it comes to saving energy in your home during springtime, it is crucial that you find and seal any cracks that allow cool air to escape. You should inspect your windows and check for any leaks or improper insulation. If you find any cracks, you need to seal them by using caulk and make sure your windows are tightly sealed once you close them. Sealing all of the air leaks in your home can reduce energy costs up to 30 percent.
During the day time, the simplest and most efficient way to bring light into your home is through windows and a skylight. Take advantage of as much natural light as you can when it is nice outside. Reducing your dependence on electricity in your home during the day is a great way to save energy during the spring.
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