Spring is here, and for many people, that means giving the house or apartment a good cleaning. Add these simple steps to your list to make sure your clean home is as energy-efficient as possible:
1. Change the direction of your ceiling fans. Switch your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise so that they push cool air down—keeping your home cooler and allowing you to ease up on the AC.
2. Clean your air ducts and vents. Cleaning out all the dust and dirt that has accumulated makes things easier for your lungs and your cooling system. You’ll save energy and may even increase the system’s lifespan.
3. Seal any air leaks. Caulking, sealing, and weather-stripping cracks and openings around your windows, doors, or any other openings can help keep cool air in and warm air out—saving energy and money.
4. Install window treatments. To combat the strong summer sun, try energy-efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades, or films to help keep your home cooler.
5. Switch to energy-efficient lighting. Did you know LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs? Swapping out your incandescent bulbs for LED or CFL bulbs can save a ton of energy and money over time. LEDs also emit very little heat, so they can help keep your home cooler.
6. Have your heating/air conditioning system serviced. Having your HVAC system inspected, cleaned, and serviced at least once a year helps ensure it’s working at maximum efficiency. Even simply replacing your air filters can lower energy consumption..
7. Seal your air ducts. Leaky air ducts can reduce a cooling system’s efficiency. Sealing and insulating ducts makes it easier for your air conditioner to keep your home cool, without wasting energy or money.
8. Get out your duster. Dust keeps electronics and motors from running at top efficiency. Be sure to dust off your computer, office equipment, electronics, light bulbs, and even refrigerator coils.
9. Clean the sliding door track. If your home has a sliding glass door, clean out the track. Dirt and grit in the track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where air can escape.
10. Check your fridge’s door seal. Your refrigerator uses a fair amount of your home’s energy, so make sure the seals on your refrigerator and freezer doors are clean and tight.