With the winter heating season winding down and the hot weather not far behind, spring is a good time to identify areas to save energy around the home by increasing efficiency and eliminating energy waste.
Fix Drafts and Air Leaks
While we usually think of drafts and leaks when the weather is turning cold, you can waste just as much energy in the summer by running your air conditioner in a drafty, poorly insulated home. Replace worn weather striping around doors and windows and ensure that you have sufficient insulation in your walls and attic.
Stop Vampire Energy Loss
With the increase in electric gadgets and appliances in the home, so does amount of electricity used. Energy that is consumed while electronics are not in use or are in standby mode is called vampire energy loss. Unplug devices that are not in use or use power strips that can turn off the power supply.
Don't Rinse Dishes Before Loading Them In the Dishwasher
Most newer dishwasher and detergents are designed to clean dishes without pre-rinsing.
Replace Your Old, Inefficient Water Heater
Replacing a 10-year-old water heater with a new, high efficiency Energy Star® rated model can save a family of four over $325 a year on their utility bill. At that rate the new water heater can pay for itself in less than three years.
Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner
It's a fact that a dirty, unmaintained air conditioner cost you money not only in less efficient operation, but in the increased likelihood of unexpected breakdowns and repairs.
Dry Clothes On a Clothesline
Clothes dryers use a lot of energy and generate heat and humidity which can make your air conditioner work harder. Consider using an outdoor or indoor clothesline to dry your clothes.
Perform a Home Energy Audit
Looking for more ways to save energy around the home? Consider hiring a professional to perform a home energy audit
. Or, check out energy.gov for tips on performing your own energy audit to find out where your home is losing energy. With help from the pros you can prioritize areas that need attention to make your home more efficient and comfortable.