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10 Ways to Save Energy this Spring


March 09, 2016   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use

Use window treatments strategically in the spring to brighten your home without heating it up.

Spring is almost officially in the air and the pollen … well, it's starting to appear everywhere. The temperature is rising, but that doesn't mean your electric bill has to coincide.

Check out these 10 tips for saving energy while staying cool this spring:

  1. Use Natural Ventilation. Open windows and doors and let the fresh air in when the temperature and humidity are ideal. Is there anything better than free cooling on a warm spring day?
  2. Use a fan. Supplement fresh air with purposefully placed fans. Fans cool people not your home, so remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
  3. Stay in the dark. Close your blinds and curtains during the warmest and sunniest part of the day. Keeping the heat out is as important as keeping the cool in.
  4. Seal it up. Add caulking or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around your windows and doors. This is an easy, simple and inexpensive way to keep the muggy heat at bay.
  5. Adjust as needed. Invest in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature inside your home based on your lifestyle needs. (Click here for a list of approved models.)
  6. Service it regularly. Have your cooling system serviced annually to ensure it is operating efficiently.
  7. Turn out the lights. Swap out traditional bulbs for LEDs. LEDs run cooler and help save energy every day.
  8. Take a little break. Give your oven a rest, and use a microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker to keep from adding additional heat inside your home. Grill outside when weather permits.
  9. Air it dry. Do your laundry at night or during the cooler times of the day.
  10. Plant a tree. Strategically placing trees and shrubs can provide additional shade to your home.

For more information and additional ways to save, visit us at www.santeecooper.com.