Spring is officially here, and that means it is time to get busy (once the snow melts all the way). Looking to save some money? Here are some simple energy saving tips for you to try this spring.
Energy Saving Spring Projects
HVAC inspection/routine maintenance/tune up/change filter
A professional should inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year. An inspector can replace the air filter and inspect your system’s refrigerant lines to help prevent problems before they begin. It is worth the investment.
Clean the Refrigerator Coils
Your refrigerator’s coils cool the refrigerant, so they need to be able to release heat. If dust or pet hair is covering those coils, it forces your refrigerator’s compressor into overdrive. Overdrive means higher energy bills. To clean them, use a gentle brush or vacuum hose to remove dust and debris.
If your home gets a lot of direct sunlight, plant a tree or opt for other kinds of landscaping that provides shade over your home. You could greatly reduce your energy bill. Energy.gov provides some landscaping shade tips and other energy saving ideas. Click HERE for a direct link.
Sure, there are other energy saving things you can do, too, but these are super easy things you can have someone do or you can do yourself. For new homeowners, another key is to prevent problems before they begin. Sure, it costs money. Ask any experienced homeowner, though, if they regret anything about their earlier years in owning a home, and you will probably hear about maintenance of their home.
In every case, it pays to maintain your home while it is operating than to wait for something to break. Stay tuned for our next blog where we talk about red flags in your electrical system at home.