30 Mar Spring Into Lower Energy Bills!
Denver and Boulder Homeowners have seen increases in their energy bills over the last few years and it is time to spring into energy savings! Make sure to check off each of these bullets and get your home and wallet ready for springtime.
- Spring-cleaning involves making sure all the fans in your home are working properly and are dust-free. Regularly wash or replace filters. Consider installing a timer switch on your bathroom fan, so that it runs only if it is required.
- Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. In the winter, let the fan push warm air toward the floor. In spring, switch the direction and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.
- In preparing for warmer weather, consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows. They’ll help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Have a look at your foundation walls. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, there’s a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from a non-insulated basement.
- Does your home have a sliding glass door? Make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.
- If you have the choice, consider choosing an electric-powered lawn mower. Gas-powered lawn mowers emit greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change, whereas electric-powered lawn mowers don’t emit such gases.
- When dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator’s condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely.
- Don’t forget to check the seals on your refrigerator door to make sure they are clean and tight. Your refrigerator accounts for up to 11 percent of your household’s total energy use, which can have a major impact on your energy bill.