Ahhh – spring is finally here! With it, comes the need for spring cleaning – and not just for the benefit of having a clean home. This spring, try to think outside the box, and tackle the things that you might not normally clean. Why? Because you can you can save energy and money!
Cleaning to save energy
Rid your dryer of lint. Not only is lint a fire hazard, it can cause your clothes dryer to work harder and run longer. Make sure that you’re taking the screen out and cleaning it with each load of laundry that you do throughout the year. Then, once or twice a year, vacuum out the trap, as well as the duct to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently!
Clean or replace your furnace filter. Much like your clothes dryer, your furnace’s efficiency can decrease significantly when its filter is dirty. By changing or cleaning your furnace filter every three months you’re ensuring that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your home’s temperature. Not only does this save energy and keep your home more comfortable, it helps ensure that your home’s furnace lasts longer.
Maintain your fridge by cleaning its coils. This is one of those things that almost everyone forgets to clean on a regular basis. And let’s face it – do you even know where to find them? Normally, the coils can be found on the front of your refrigerator behind the kick plate, right under the door. You can clean them by pulling off the grill that protects them, and gently cleaning them off with your vacuum cleaner. Most manufacturers recommend cleaning your fridge’s coils ever six months, but you may want to clean them more frequently if you have pets.
Prep your air conditioner for summer. Summer is quickly approaching, and you’re going to want to kick on your A/C before you know it! Before you do though, do some annual maintenance to keep it running in tip-top shape. If you have a split system, clean all of the leaves and other debris from the compressor and condenser that may have taken up residence there over the winter. Clean off the evaporator coils and use a fin comb to straighten your unit’s coil fins. If it seems like a big task, or if your unit needs more than basic maintenance, consider bringing in a professional. Proper maintenance will help you save energy, and keep your unit running smoothly.
Other tips and tricks
Forgo the clothes dryer. Did you know that your clothes dryer uses the most energy out of all of the appliances in your house? The days are getting longer, and it’s getting warmer. Try drying your clothes outside instead of using the dryer!
Use the ants. Have you noticed any ants getting into your home? Yes, that’s a bad thing, but you can also watch them to figure out how they’re getting inside. Then, you can buy the supplies to seal the gaps, making your home more energy efficient.
Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but use these tips as motivation to save time and energy. If you’re looking for more great ideas, visit our tutorials page!