Spring Cleaning? Make These Changes to Help Save Energy, Too.

grandson helps grandfather with spring cleaningSpring is right around the corner, and for most homeowners, that means it’s time to do some spring cleaning in their homes. Washing the windows and changing out heavier drapes with lighter curtains, deep-cleaning floors and carpeting, and decluttering those brimming cupboards and closets are all a part of getting your home ready for the warmer weather ahead.

Additionally, spring is also a great time to think about your energy use and how you can make your home more efficient. In this article, we’ll share some practical tips that can help to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and we’ll explain how Ables, Inc. can help. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Energy Saving Ideas for Spring

Not sure where to start when it comes to saving energy in your home? Here are five helpful tips that will have your home running more efficiently in no time:

  1. Replace Incandescent Bulbs: When you’re dusting your lamps and light fixtures around the house, why not consider replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with higher-efficiency LED bulbs? According to the Department of Energy, LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 percent longer than the average incandescent bulb – and that can mean saving more money over time on your energy bills and the cost of replacement.
  2. Choose Cold Water Washes: There’s no need to give your water heater a workout – and use more energy than necessary – when doing your laundry. Most modern washing machines are made to clean your laundry just as well using cold water, and many detergents on the market today are specially formulated to provide optimal cleaning using cold water.
  3. Consider Energy-Efficient Power Strips: Many people don’t realize that even when you turn off electronics, like a TV or gaming system, they still use energy. This is known as a “vampire load”, which is energy usage by devices that appear to be off. And these vampire loads can be responsible for about 10 percent of the energy usage in modern homes! Smart, energy-efficient power strips cut off power and help save energy because they can detect when electronics are in sleep mode.
  4. Install Timers and Dimmers: Keeping your outdoor lights on all night long can get costly over time, and keeping your lights on at full wattage inside can add to your energy usage as well. Installing timers on outdoor lighting, and dimmer switches inside, can help you save on your energy bills. It’s usually a wise decision to have a professional electrician install timers and dimmers.
  5. Keep Equipment Well-Maintained: Heating, cooling, and water heating equipment usually operate more effectively and efficiently if it has been properly maintained. Getting annual maintenance on your furnace, boiler, AC system, and water heater can help you save money on energy bills, and can help your equipment last longer, too.

Ables, Inc. is ready to help you save energy.

At Ables, Inc., we care about you and your budget. We know how important it is to save money wherever you can, which is why we’re pleased to offer you the services you need to help make your home more energy efficient while keeping you and your family comfortable. Whether you need seasonal maintenance on your home comfort equipment, or electrical services that can help keep those energy bills at a manageable level, we’re ready to help. Just give us a call at (740) 453-6015 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.

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