With the spring and summer months just around the corner, many of us are starting to plan our to-do lists for spring cleaning and summer fun in the sun.
Spring cleaning can include everything from cleaning out that section of the garage that is piled with boxes from the last 10 years to simply making sure that all of the winter clothes have been properly stored and the summer clothes have been washed and put away.
Some people really enjoy doing home improvement projects during the spring season, or working in the garden and keeping flowers and shrubs nicely pruned and groomed.
This is why now is such a great time of year to make sure that you and your family are implementing the energy-saving behaviors that are going to ensure your monthly budget stays on track. During the winter months, the utility bills like power and water don’t spike too much. We can keep the heating bill down by putting on socks and a sweatshirt.
But, during the summer months there is no escaping the heat and we have to keep the air running around the clock. Here are some tips for keeping your power bill on budget this spring and summer:
- This is a great time of year to start shopping for UV blocking window treatments. Blinds, shades, and curtains that block the direct glare of the sunshine can help to reduce how hot your home gets during the day. This will improve the energy-efficiency of your home because the thermostat won’t turn on the air conditioner as much since your home won’t be getting hot so quickly.
- Take a couple of hours over the weekend to check around all of the windows and outside doors of your home to make sure that all weather stripping and sealant is in good shape. These areas are major sources of energy waste because the air inside is being mechanically cooled or heated, and then the outside air is allowed to come in and change the desired temperature.
- Talk to your HVAC technician about having your system inspected to make sure the heating elements are properly stored for the season and that the cooling elements are ready to work for the summer.
The summer months are a time for relaxation. Soaking up some sun, taking camping trips, and spending time on family vacation are all favorite activities for the warm months of summer. Don’t let an out-of-control power bill get in the way of your summer fun. Follow these tips and keep it on budget.