The temperatures are beginning to rise and most of the US is thawing out from a bitter, cold winter. With the seasons changing and spring finally arriving, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency, but also help keep your energy bill low:
1. Maintain your air conditioner
By performing routine maintenance, like replacing or cleaning air filters, you can lower your energy usage by almost 15 percent. Also, have a professional examine your air conditioner each year to keep your unit in good shape. A well-maintained unit will reduce the amount of energy required to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
2. Install energy efficient window treatments
Window treatments such as blinds or shades provide protection from sunlight that causes heat to build up in your home. These easy-to-install treatments allow you to reduce the need to run your air conditioner and lower your energy use.
3. Check for air leaks
Your older windows are likely not energy efficient. Sealing gaps by applying caulk to the joints in a window frame and between the frame and the wall is a low-cost and effective energy-efficient solution.
4. Make use of ceiling fans
Keep your home cool and comfortable this spring by using your ceiling fan. This easy change will allow you to turn up your thermostat almost four degrees which makes your air conditioner work less and saves you money while you remain cool. Remember to turn off ceiling fans when leaving the room.
5. Cook outside
Use warm days to cook outside on the grill instead of the stove to keep heat out of your home and take the load off your air conditioner.
6. Request a free home energy audit
To schedule a free home energy analysis conducted by one of our energy specialists, call 800.222.3107. Our specialists will make suggestions for home comfort improvements and provide information on our rebates, loans and time-of-day rates.
To learn more energy-efficient tips, visit pemc.coop/energy-efficiency to access our archive of articles, written to provide you with the knowledge to make your home more energy efficient.