You Won't Believe How Simple It Is To Save On Energy With A Little Spring Cleaning
April 20, 2017
Spring is here and you may be thinking it's time for some deep cleaning, a little bit of organization, and décor changes. There's more to spring cleaning than the sense of accomplishment that comes with making your home more comfortable. Some spring cleaning ideas can actually make your home more energy efficient. Best of all, these seven really simple suggestions can help you save energy and money.
1. Organize your fridge and freezer and label food containers.
How often do you find yourself standing in front of your freezer looking for that batch of chili you made a few weeks ago, only to get lost in the other containers of pasta sauce, soups and various leftovers from dinners past? The longer you leave the door open, the more energy the freezer needs to get back down to temperature. Make sure to label and organize containers for easy food finding and easy energy savings.
2. Keep the drip pans on your stovetop sparkly.
Grease and food particles on your stovetop's drip pans may leave them looking a little dull. Restoring them to their good-as-new shine allows them reflect more heat back up to the pot or pan you're cooking with, reducing cooking time and saving energy. A method that doesn't involve too much elbow grease is to boil the drip pans in a pot of water with at least ¼ cup of baking soda for 15-30 minutes.
3. Set a reminder on your phone to replace the furnace filter.
It's one of those things we always forget we're supposed to do – replace the air filter on the furnace every one to three months. But remembering to replace filters is even easier now that we can ask our smartphones to remind us of those little things we should do in order to get energy savings. A dirty air filter makes your furnace work harder to circulate hot or cool air throughout your home, which could also shorten the life of your heating and cooling systems.
4. Breathe easily with an energy efficient air purifier.
Spring cleaning is not just about cleaning your floors, countertops, furniture and appliances – you can clean the air too. Removing dust and pollen from the air in your home this spring keeps allergies in check. Not all air purifiers are alike, however, as some use more energy than a refrigerator! Look for an ENERGY STAR® certified air purifier, which uses up to 40% less energy. Mass Save offers a $40 rebate on qualified models.
5. Keep your windows spotless.
Look out your windows in the spring for a welcome sight – the grass is greener, flowers are blooming and birds are flying by. But there is more to clean windows than great views. The cleaner the windows are, the more sunlight can come in to naturally warm up your home. Use liquid soap in warm water and a squeegee for more effective cleaning. Try to wash windows in the evening or on an overcast day – windows drying in direct sunlight are more likely to leave streaks.
6. Hang energy efficient curtains.
Spring is a time to refresh your home with bright colors and textures. A new set of curtains can make any room pop with color, but choosing the right ones have more than just aesthetic benefits. When drawn, energy-efficient curtains do a better job of keeping warm air inside your home on cold days.
For more ideas to save on energy, visit our rebates and incentives page.
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