4 Spring Energy Saving Tips
As spring starts to roll in, flowers are blooming, and people will begin to think about spring cleaning. This time of year is also great to start getting your home ready for summer by starting new spring energy habits. We’ve got four tips you can start using this spring before energy use starts going up in the summer.
Use Your Windows
Spring is one of the best times of year to pull up the shades, crack open a window, and enjoy the fresh air. Your windows can make all the difference in your spring energy use. Sunlight can be one of the most effective ways to heat your home, which can lower your energy bill if you live in colder areas. If you live in an area with a warmer spring, investing in window coverings will be important to keeping your home cool.
If you choose to leave your windows open, consider turning off your HVAC system or adjusting the temperature. Leaving your system on while a window is open will more than likely cause the system to keep running, increasing your energy use and the bill.
Fire Up the Grill
An oven can be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heating your home. This may not be an issue during the winter, but as the weather starts to warm up, it’s another story. Instead of raising the temperature in your home, take your food outside and cook on the grill. Cooking outside will prevent your home from heating up, so your air conditioning won’t have to run to cool it down. If you don’t have a grill, other optionsare available to keep your home cool and keep your spring energy use down. Smaller cooking appliances like slow cookers or griddles will produce less heat but still effectively cook your meal.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
As your home starts to heat from the season change naturally, fans will be key to keeping your spring energy use down. Through ceiling fans, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort to save on your energy bill. While your ceiling fans are running, you can raise your thermostat's temperature by four degrees without feeling the temperature difference. Just remember to turn the fans off when you leave the room to make the most of saving energy.
Did you know that ceiling fans can also be used to heat your home? Running your ceiling fan counterclockwise on the medium or high setting will cool you off, but when run clockwise on a low setting, it can circulate the heat. As heat naturally rises, running your fan on a low setting will help push the warm air away from the ceiling to the rest of the room.
Use Your Bathroom Fans
Your bathroom fan is probably at the bottom of the list of fans you would think about to help cool your home. The truth is, though, removing warm air is one of their main purposes. As much as a warm bath or shower is nice in the moment, the heat from the steam can kick your AC on, especially if the thermostat is close to the bathroom. To save on your spring energy use, try turning the fan on while you shower. This will not only remove the heat but has the added benefit of removing the moisture too. Getting rid of the moisture will help protect the integrity of your bathroom fixtures and prevent mold from growing. Just remember to turn the fan off when you’re done.
Astral Energy is the Go-to for Spring Energy
No matter the season, Astral Energy is here to help keep your energy bill in check. Our Ultimate Power Planis customized to you based on your previous energy use. So, whether it’s summer, fall, winter, or spring, your energy costs will stay the same. What’s the best part? It’s your power, without limits. Use as much as you want without worrying about your bill going up. Contact us today to learn more about how Astral can help you get the energy you need!