“Rabbit, Rabbit! It’s time for Spring!”
Many americans wake up on the 1st of March and shout these two words out loud. It’s a little utterance that will supposedly bring the chanter good luck in the new month.
Many people say they do not believe in superstition, but when kindergartners, presidents and people of all walks of life say it, giving it a shot can’t hurt.
Living in New England, many of us are probably hoping for that Spring weather to start kicking in. March and April can be very tricky when it comes to the weather. You can go from a snowy below freezing night to a beautiful spring day overnight. Here are a few simple things you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive. Who knows? Maybe energy savings will be your good luck in March!
Did you know that 49% of the money you spend on energy comes from your heating and cooling systems? If you haven’t already, get your A/C or Central Air unit serviced. The warm weather can come deceptively quick here in New England, and you want to be ready for it, as New Englanders tend to crank their Air Conditioners at the first sign of heat and humidity. You may take the easier approach by routinely replacing or cleaning the air filters. You may also check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the systems is performing at its highest level possible. There are a few ways around having the system that takes up the majority of your energy bill, running all day everyday.
If you have been reading our previous blogs then you will understand the importance of reducing air leaks through ducts, windows and other areas. Not only does this keep the warm air in your home during the cold months, but also keeps the warm air out on hot spring days. Heat diffuses- it has a natural tendency to try and fill cool spots. So when it’s warmer outside than it is inside heat wants to flow in. Air ducts become channels for both heat escape and heat infiltration, leading to higher energy costs. Considering it will account for about 30% of a cooling systems energy consumption, sealing and insulating ducts can go a long way in lowering the energy bill..
There are a few more tips that you will be able to do by yourself when trying to save money on your Spring energy bill. The most well known way to cool your home without using your A/C is by leaving the windows open around the house to create a cross breeze. Remember, when creating a cross breeze, air must flow from one side of the house to the other, so make sure that windows on both sides of the house are open, as well as doors to let air flow through the entire house. This also lets the fresh smell of spring into your home; a great way to air out the musty winter dampness.
Turning your ceiling fans on may help too. You may also simply choose to cook outside on the grill rather than cooking inside using the oven. Considering spring is readying you for the humid summers you may also want to switch on your bathroom fans. These suck up as much humid/ hot air as possible.
Lastly, you may also want to look into energy efficient window coverings such as blinds or shades. Energy efficient shades can help to keep your house from warming on a hot day by reflecting the rays of the sun. This will keep your home cooler, and is a relatively inexpensive investment.
For more tips on how to save money on energy through the seasonal changes, check back with us regularly.
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