Spring Energy Saving Tips
Finally! The nation breathes a large collective sigh of relief as we are treated to those first glimpses of clear skies and dry days.
As you night have seen, we have already dished out some top tips on our Facebook page
But here are a couple of bonus energy saving tips to help improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive:
1. Better bulbs for a better buzz
Spring in Ireland means a bit more heat and sunshine but also days that are often still short, cloudy, and dark. Investing in energy-saving indoor lighting can help you conserve electricity and slash those bills.
The EPA reports that replacing just five light bulbs in your home with energy saving bulbs could save you €60 a year in energy costs.
2. Air-conditioning TLC
Easy jobs such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your energy consumption by up to 15 percent, leading to big savings in the long-run.
Also, while spring-cleaning you might as well check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. It should be cleaned annually in order to get the most out of your air conditioner.
3. Crack the windows, open!
After that never-ending winter, natural light feels like the perfect cure for our woes, so take advantage of it at home! Letting natural light come in through your windows is not only a mood-booster but also helps you use less energy for lighting.
Of course, in some house, keeping your curtains or blinds open can allow heat to escape through the glass. If that’s the case for you – we recommend investing in window treatments as they that can act as insulation to keep the warm air in while still offering the benefits of natural light.
They also don’t have to break the bank and will definitely help save energy and lower costs in the long-run
4. Weatherproof to Win
Like we mentioned on Facebook, the harsh winter can sometimes leave you with some holes or damage to your roof and outer walls.
But don’t worry, weather-stripping is a simple, affordable way to fix these issues. By weatherproofing your windows and exterior you could end up noticeably decreasing your bills and consumption.
Using caulk for your windows is also an effective and cheap option.
5. No need to Stand-by
It can be easy to forget that appliances left plugged in or on standby can still be using up 20% of their electricity.
Simple changes such as using a power strip helps reduce phantom loads — that is, the energy use that occurs when a device is turned off but still plugged into an outlet.
The EPA reports that taking this simple step can help you save up to €85 a year.
6. Refrigerator Re-fresh
As the weather improves you really want to be able to rely on your fridge for all your ice-cream and BBQ needs. This is a good time to make sure your refrigerator is in peak condition.
While you’re spring cleaning, check in on your refrigerator’s condenser coils (the metal coils located either on the back or on the bottom of your refrigerator).
Like we mentioned before – If these coils get dirty, your refrigerator has to work harder, so it requires extra energy. Also, make sure the seals on your refrigerator door are strong and tight to keep the cold air in.
7. Don’t forget the Attic
It makes sense to focus on the most-used areas of the home when they’re trying to lower your energy bills, but your attic can also play a key role.
Trapped heat in your attic can travel down and warm the main part of your house, so think about adding ventilation to allow that trapped heat to escape.
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