We may still be weeks away from seeing the spring flower in the Lakeville area. But we can start to think about spring energy saving tips. Here are some suggestions on ways you can save energy this spring in your Lakeville home developed by Wakefield Heating and Lighting.
Spring Energy Tips:
• Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your electric bill. This is also a safety measure, especially if you have children in the house.
• When you’re doing your spring cleaning, make sure all the fans are working properly and are dust-free. During the warm months, switch the direction and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.
• Regularly wash or replace furnace and air conditioner filters.
• If you have a sliding glass door make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.
• Pets shed during the spring – when dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned so that air can circulate freely.
• Turn off your thermostat, take off your storm windows, put in screens and open up the windows to get your house to a comfortable temperature.
• Use natural lighting as much as possible. If you have lights on a timer, this is a good time to check them and make sure they are only on when needed.
• Most people close their windows at night and open them up in the morning when they see it’s a nice day. You should do the opposite — your home heats up during the day so you should open your windows at night when the temperature drops, then close the windows in the morning to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
• Some energy improvements that you make this year may qualify for a tax credit on next year’s taxes.
• Dust or wipe light bulbs. Clean bulbs provide more light.