Energy Guide: Spring Cleaning Tips
Written by: Anisah Rodgers
Winter finally ended and is replaced with spring. Everybody knows it’s around that time for a good scrub down of their own home, spring cleaning. The following article will provide tips on how to conserve energy and water when cleaning the house.
First, air vents. When you’re cleaning the baseboards make sure to check that your air vents aren’t covered by any furniture and that they are open. When air vents are blocked or closed your system uses more energy to find another way to get the air out. To make your system work more efficiently make sure to also check the air filters. If the air filters haven’t been changed, all the debris potentially could be pushed out of the system creating a health concern and the system uses more energy to push the air through the filter since debris is covering the entry way. By changing the filter you could conserve between 5% and 15% of energy.
Next, windows. When wiping down the windows, check to see if there are any air leaks. Do you feel a breeze coming through? If so, it’s best to implement a seal or apply caulking so that all the nice warm air doesn’t leave the house. The drapes covering your window also matter. It’s best to have heavy drapes that block out the sun effectively, especially on hot days.
Last, laundry. Make sure when doing laundry you use cold water. If that doesn’t seem appealing you can lower your water heater temperature to 120 F. For every ten degrees lower, you can save up to 5% on your water heating price. If hot water is a must for your clothes/sheets/towels, conserve energy when doing your dishes. You can scrape the food off your plates and place them in the dishwasher rather than using hot water. To conserve water if you don’t have a dishwasher, make sure to turn off the water when lathering the plates with soap or place a bucket underneath to collect the water.
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