Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips
Whether you own a home or rent, you can reduce your energy use by following these seasonal energy-saving tips.
- 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.
The furnace or boiler is the largest energy user in most homes.