Following these quick tips while doing your annual spring cleaning could save you money on your heating and cooling costs.
1. Clean Out your Fridge. Roll it away from the wall and use a duster or vacuum hose to clear the dirt and dust from the coils. This will help reduce energy consumption by helping the refrigerator run more efficiently. If your fridge is located near your oven or is in direct sunlight, consider moving it, if possible, to a cooler location to make it easier for the appliance to maintain a cold temperature.
2. Clean Up the Tracks. If you have a sliding glass door, clean out its’ track regularly. A dirty track can ruin the seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape. While you’re at it, inspect any other areas you may be losing air such as windows and doors.Caulk air leaks for just a few dollars to ensure your cool air stays where it belongs- inside!
3. Clean Out your Dryer Ducts. Dirty, dusty appliances have to work harder which uses more energy.
4. Light It Up. As you clean each room in the house, check the light bulbs to ensure you are using energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs, or LEDs. The energy savings when using the appropriate light bulbs could be dramatic.
5. Clean Green. Look for products with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Label to avoid artificial colors, chlorine, or phosphates.
6. Schedule an Attic Inspection. Having a pest management or wildlife professional inspect your attic for damaged or soiled insulation or under insulated areas can be beneficial for your home and the health of your family.
Now that you’ve finished all your spring cleaning, celebrate by grilling out in the backyard! Using your stove top can quickly raise temperatures throughout your whole house. With the energy savings you are earning, you might just be able to hire someone to clean your house next spring!