5 ways to get your house energy ready for summer
June 5 2015, 10:29 AM
It has been a long, cold winter. But with trees budding and flowers blooming, it’s time to get your home energy ready for the summer ahead. Taking these small steps can help you reduce your energy consumption during the warmer months, without sacrificing on comfort.
Shut off baseboard heaters
Did you know that heating typically accounts for 50% of an average 3-4 person family’s annual energy bill? Imagine the savings after winter is gone! Shut off your baseboard heaters at the breaker to keep them from kicking in during the summer. Once they’re shut off you can take this opportunity to clean your baseboard heaters. If you vacuum these once a year, it can help you get better air circulation during the cooler months.
Tip: The fins inside your heaters are very delicate, and can bend with even the slightest pressure. So take care when vacuuming as bent fins could also hinder your air circulation.
Turn off HRVAs it gets nicer outside, you may want to open your windows. When windows are open,you are ventilating your home for free, so take the opportunity to shut off your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV.)
Tip: Doing this after you turn your baseboard heaters are off at the breaker will prevent cool outside breezes from triggering your heaters to turn on.
Clean air filters
Take advantage of having your HRV shut off to make sure it’s working in tip-top shape. Check the manufacturer’s manual for suggested maintenance or get it checked by a certified professional. This maintenance will include cleaning or replacing e the air filters, and verifying that the outside intake and exhaust vents are free of debris. If you have a central heating system it also has filters to clean or change. When these filters become clogged with dirt, the motor works harder, uses more energy and can lead to premature failure of the motor.
Use a clothesline
Add a springy breeze to your clothes by using a clothesline instead of your dryer. This will also help you save on your energy use.
Brighten up your backyard
Use LED lighting products to brighten up your outdoor spaces this summer. Did you know LED’s use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs? You can find even more savings by adding timers or motion sensors to your outdoor lights so they’re only running when you need them.
How do you get your home ready for the summer? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comment section below.
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