Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips
Whether you own a home or rent, you can reduce your energy use by following these seasonal energy-saving tips.
The furnace or boiler is the largest energy user in most homes.
- Seal around the window air conditioning units so cool air cannot escape.
- Hose off the outdoor central air condensing unit to remove dirt and leaves. Choose a qualified contractor to service for your central air every two years.
- Check your furnace filter every month and replace when dirty.
- Vacuum dust and dirt from the coils and fan of your dehumidifier.
Other energy-saving tips include:
- Replace your gas-powered lawn mower with a nonpolluting manual or electric mower.
- Put up a clothesline for drying laundry outside to avoid heating the house with your clothes dryer.
- Plant a deciduous shade tree to the south or west of your home to keep it cooler.
- Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they drain away from the house. This reduces moisture around your home’s foundation.