April Fool's Day is a day of pranks and jokes and though we like to have fun we are not up to any tricks with our energy savings! Try a few of our sure-fire tips to help you reduce your energy usage and see savings on your electricity bill.
Change your air filter to help keep your HVAC system working at peak condition. Clogged filters cause strain on your HVAC system and can eventually cause costly repairs.
Set your thermostat fan to "auto" instead of "on". By using the auto setting the fan will only run when the unit is on, not continuously, thereby saving energy.
Wash your clothes in cold water. It takes additional energy to heat the water so if you can please wash in cold water. Most detergents are now made for cold water cycles.
Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. Not only are LEDs more energy efficient but they last much longer than your traditional bulbs.
Turn off lights/fans when not in use. A good way to get kids in the habit of turning off lights is to start a "light patrol." Kids can walk through the house saying "light patrol, light patrol" and turning off any unused lights. (Siren noises and citations are optional additions to the patrol)
Use Energy Star appliances. Look for the cost of the appliance as well as the cost for operating the appliance, which will both be prominently posted.
Weatherize your home by sealing any leaks. Take a walk around your house and look/feel for temperature differences. Even small leaks can add up.
We wrote an entire article about getting your home ready for spring. Give it a read.