The ground is beginning to thaw, the birds are chirping and the sun is setting a little later each day; spring is just around the corner! With the weather changing, it’s important to remember that your energy habits should change as well. Here are a few actions you can take to save energy (and money) during the new season:
1Use your blinds. Window treatments such as blinds or shades provide protection from sunlight that causes heat to build up in your home. These treatments allow you to reduce the need to run your air conditioner and lower your energy use.
2Swap out filters. Change the air filters in your home to help your system run more efficiently. We recommend doing this once a month.
3Fire up the grill. Cook dinner outside on the grill on pleasant evenings instead of using your oven.
4Turn on the fan. During the warmer days of spring, set your ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise and turn it on instead of your air conditioner. Just remember that fans cool people, not rooms. Fans should be turned off when you leave the room to save energy.
5Turn off and unplug. Unplug devices when they aren’t in use. Electronics and appliances still use electricity when they’re off, just by being plugged into the wall. Try using a power strip to make it easy to unplug multiple devices at one time.
6Take it outside. The more time you spend outside, the less energy you’re using at home. Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather is a win-win.
7Reset your thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you update the schedule to fit the milder weather. Plus, if you have a Nest or Ecobee smart thermostat, you can save even more with our smart thermostat savings program.
8Get advice from an expert. Schedule a free home energy analysis with one of our energy specialists to get a thorough review of efficiency improvements that can be made around your home.