April
7 - 2015

Energy Savings from Spring Cleaning

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The activities that you perform once spring arrives are a great way to start a routine around the home that will optimize your level of energy efficiency.

Individuals everywhere are now experiencing energy savings from their spring cleaning activities. Now that the long, cold, and harsh winter has passed, spring is sprung and many are creating their spring cleaning lists. However, it is important to remember that these activities are not just about cleaning out the closets, attics, and basements. The activities that you perform once spring arrives are a great way to start a routine around the home that will optimize your level of energy efficiency. Based on information derived from the Energy Information Administration in the United States, the average household will spend well over $2,000.00 this year on energy. While most of us do place an emphasis on ways to save on energy costs during the winter season, there are many activities that we may indulge in on a year-round basis that will allow us to become more energy efficient – starting with this year’s spring cleaning. In this guide, you will learn how to incur energy savings from your spring cleaning activities.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filters

According to HVAC professionals, the most important step to properly maintaining your air conditioner and ensuring its efficiency is to replace and/or clean its filters on a routine basis. It has been determined that air filters that become dirty and clogged with debris detrimentally impact the normal airflow of an air conditioning system. When this occurs, the air conditioner’s overall efficiency is reduced. When the airflow becomes obstructed, it bypasses the filter and has the capability of pushing debris directly into part of the air conditioner known as the evaporator coil. This will drastically impair the system’s coils by reducing its capacity to absorb heat. By taking this one simple step during your spring cleaning activities, you have the ability to reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption by anywhere from 5% to 25%.

Clean and Redirect All Ceiling Fans

The next step that you may take in your spring cleaning activities to increase energy savings is to clean and redirect all of the ceiling fans in and around your home. You should start by completely cleaning all of the blades, switches, chains, and light fixtures on each ceiling fan. Once each ceiling fan has been cleaned, you should redirect the fans. According to electrical companies, air conditioning has the ability to result in the highest costs within the home. This is especially true in the months of May, June, July, and August. You should make it a goal to limit the amount of time that your air conditioner is running. You may achieve this goal by turning off your unit and turning on your ceiling fans. In the colder months, the ceiling fans should be rotating clockwise in order to push the warm air in the home down. In the warmer months, the ceiling fans should circulate in a counterclockwise motion in order to pull warm air up to the ceiling. Ceiling fans may help increase, maintain, or decrease the temperature in the room they are placed. It is much less expensive to utilize ceiling fans for climate control than an air conditioner unit. You could, potentially, save hundreds of dollars a year by cleaning and redirecting all ceiling fans in your home.

Clean Refrigerator Coils

The purpose and intent of the coils on your refrigerator is to assist in dissipating heat; however, in many instances, they suck up electricity – which, in turn, quickly eliminates the cash from your wallet. According to studies, the refrigerator is the one appliance that uses more energy than any other throughout the home. If the heat cannot be properly dissipated because of dirty and/or clogged coils, the refrigerator will work harder in order to keep the items inside cool. By taking this step, you could improve the efficiency of your refrigerator up to 50%!

Seal Leaks

If you want to save money through energy savings, you should ensure that you seal any and all leaks in and around the home during your spring cleaning activities. Warm air has the capability of seeping out of the home during the winter and, during the summer months, it has the capability of seeping inside of the home. According to statistics, approximately 30% of both heating costs and cooling costs are a direct result of air leakage due to cracks, holes, and other openings. You may use weather stripping, duct tape, caulking, and specialty kits to handle these leaks. If you need a little assistance in locating leaks in and around the home, you should purchase and use a thermal detector unit.

Dust Thoroughly

If you want to save money through energy savings, you should make sure that when you start your spring cleaning activities that you dust everything thoroughly – especially, the vents in your home, the lightbulbs around the home, and all of the electronic devices. Dust has the unique ability to prevent electronics and other items within the home from operating at maximum capacity. Dust clogs the circulation of air. By dusting thoroughly, the electronics, appliances, and other items will not have to run at full capacity. As a result, you will experience a massive energy savings.

Conclusion

There are many ways to save money through energy savings all year by activities that may be performed during spring cleaning. By changing and maintaining your air conditioner filters, cleaning and redirecting ceiling fans, cleaning refrigerator coils, sealing leaks, and dusting thoroughly, you will find that you save money, and a lot of it! These energy savings tips will not only help you in reducing the amount of energy that your household consumes, but, they will also assist in lengthening the life of your home and all of the items contained within your home.

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