10 Energy Efficiency Tips For Your Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning out closets; it’s also a great time to start an energy efficient routine around the home!

United Energy Conservation Coordinator Seth Rosser measures insulation as part of an energy audit at a member's home. (image via USDAgov/Flickr)

United Energy Conservation Coordinator Seth Rosser measures insulation as part of an energy audit at a member’s home. (image via USDAgov/Flickr)

Based on March data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household will spend $2,200 on energy this year. Learn how you can save some of that money with the Alliance’s spring cleaning energy efficiency tips.

  1. Wash clothes in cold water to save $63 a year.
  2. Clean or change furnace filters regularly. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm.
  3. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.
  4. Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially-designed “blanket” to retain the heat.
  5. Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.
  6. Use your windows shades – Close blinds on the sunny side in summer and open them in winter.
  7. Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)
  8. Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.
  9. Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.
  10. Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.

alliance-saveenergyEditor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Alliance to Save Energy.

The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. We encourage business, government, environmental and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

    • Donald

      I discovered that keeping the thermostat at even 68 degrees F during most parts of the winter helped me save a great deal of money on my energy bills. If you’re feeling cold, put on extra layers of clothing to keep warm. Also during the summer I put my blinds down as well and also use fans on some days instead of the air conditioner. It’s little steps like these that can help reduce North American Power consumption overall and therefore help save us all money and the environment at the same time.

    • Sarah Collins

      This is a great post, most sites just tell you that you’re saving money, but don’t tell you how much! I love the idea of energy efficient homes and saving money/the environment.

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