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April 1, 2013

Home energy-saving tips for the spring

With only a few adjustments, you'll get more comfort and save a little money

Switching energy use with each changing season can be confusing.

Besides autumn, spring is the only season where people can switch back and forth between turning on the heat and opening their windows. Read on for some energy-saving, and money-saving, tips.

Adjust the thermostat

According to the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department in Massachusetts, you should adjust and set your thermostat on the lowest temperature you’re able to tolerate because doing so, will save you 3 percent on your heating bill for every degree your thermostat is lowered.

In addition, turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit once springtime hits.

Close your windows during the day and open them up at night, which sounds backward, since many people wake up, see a sunny day and open their window.

In actuality, people should be doing the opposite once it gets warm, says Wakefield Municipal, since sunlight during the day will obviously heat your home and make it too hot.

By keeping your windows closed during the day and then opening them up at night, you’ll allow cool air to float in and make your house a little more comfortable. Then once you wake up in the morning, you should close your windows to keep the cool air inside.

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just an overused term, there are actual energy-saving benefits to doing a thorough clean-up once April rolls around.

Wakefield reminds pet owners that pets tend to shed during the spring, so it’s important to keep things like your refrigerator condenser coils clean and free of pet hair. This will allow your fridge to run much more efficiently.

Additionally, all ceiling and table fans should be checked and cleaned, so they remain dust-free for maximum efficiency. Once May and June arrive, it’s best to change the direction of your ceiling fan so the air is being pulled upward.

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