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5 Tips To Spring Into Summer
Spring is the perfect time to begin saving energy around the home. By taking advantage of the mild weather, you can make the improvements needed to transition from the cold winter. Here are five ways to spring into summer.
1. Replace your air filter.
Replacing a dirty, clogged air filter allows your system not to work so hard to circulate the air. Spring is also a great time to get your HVAC system serviced to make sure it is operating most efficiently.
2. Seal the cracks and gaps.
Keep outside air from leaking into your home. Inspect the cracks and penetrations around the home. You may need to re-apply caulking or foam where cable lines, dryer vents, and telephone lines may penetrate your home. Look around windows for gaps and install door seals to the exterior doors.
3. Install a smart or programmable thermostat.
No need to cool an empty home. Installing an advanced thermostat can yield significant savings when programmed to work around your schedule.
4. Lower your water heating costs.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 F.). Washing clothes in cold water will help save energy and money.
5. Save in the laundry room.
The dryer is one of the larger appliances in a home. Make sure your dryer is operating at full efficiency by inspecting the dryer vent and cleaning the lint trap after every use. Air drying your clothes will help limit your laundry costs.