5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill
By Rachel Duthie on May 5, 2019
Spring is here, and the newfound sunshine may be motivating you to do some much-needed spring cleaning. While this is a good time to reorganize your kitchen cabinets (finally!), it's also important to make sure your home is running at top efficiency. Even the smallest issues, like dusty light bulbs, can make a significant difference on your energy consumption and ultimately your utility bill. Here are five spring cleaning tips to help lower your utility bill during the warmer months:
Rotate Ceiling Fans
As temperatures begin to warm up, remember to switch your fan to run counterclockwise to draw air upward for a cooling effect. By doing this, you'll use less electricity running your A/C system.
Want to really save? Install new ceiling fans in high-traffic areas to make turning on the air conditioning even less tempting.
Dust Light Bulbs
Don't underestimate the impact of a dirty light bulb. If you let them get too dusty, they can can reduce total illumination by 50 percent while still pulling full power.
As a reminder, make sure the lights are turned off and cool to the touch before dusting. The cooling effect of the water will shatter the hot bulb.
Your fridge is one of the largest consumers of energy in a home, and when it's overloaded with leftovers, it has to work twice as hard to keep your food cool. Give it a break by throwing away expired food and old takeout, as well as removing items that don't actually need to be refrigerated.
While you're there, look underneath your fridge and see if your condenser coils are dirty. Dirty coils causes your fridge to work harder to shed heat, which may cause your electricity to go up. If they need cleaned, unplug the fridge and use a refrigerator coil brush to gently brush off dirt, pet hair, and any other contaminants.
Replace Air Filters
Start the spring season with a brand new air filter. Not only will it make your air system work more efficiently, but it'll improve the air quality in your home too.
Explore Energy Suppliers
Just because you've been with an energy provider for a long time doesn't mean you're getting the best price. Ohio is a deregulated state, meaning residential customers can choose their own natural gas and electricity supplier. Make spring cleaning a time to also explore other energy rates offered in your area.
Unlike other energy suppliers, NOPEC is a non-profit energy aggregation of over 235 Ohio communities that buys energy in bulk to help our residents save. Learn more about our pricing here.
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