7 energy-saving tips to keep your
electricity costs down this spring

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Home electricity costs typically spike in the summer and winter months, thanks to increased use of home cooling and heating systems. The months in between can offer some relief in energy costs, but can also be used to make adjustments for the future.

As spring arrives, you may wonder how to best use the sunshine to avoid using electricity. Or you may be curious about spring cleaning energy-saving tips you can implement in your own home.

And as the nicer temperatures energize you to tackle some in-depth spring cleaning, use that time to optimize your home for energy efficiency.

Check out these easy energy-saving tips to help you lower your energy bill in spring:


Check your lightbulbs

Swapping incandescent or CFL bulbs with more efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in your most-used light fixtures can save you a bundle over the years. Residential LEDs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescents.


Keep up on AC maintenance

During the weeks you don’t need your heater or your air conditioner, make sure you clean your HVAC system’s filter, as well as air vents around your home. Also consider having your air conditioner serviced by a professional to ensure that it’s ready for the hot summer months ahead.


Seal air leaks

Make sure your home won’t lose any of that precious cooled air in summertime by fixing air leaks around doors and windows now. Bonus: You’ll be ready for the winter weather, too, when it comes back around.


Research ENERGY STAR® appliances

If you’ve been contemplating replacing any of your appliances—from your water heater to your washer and dryer to your refrigerator—take a good look at the ENERGY STAR® facts labels on potential replacements. ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances can offer significant savings over time.


Don’t forget about water conservation

Every faucet and showerhead in your home can benefit from low-flow plumbing parts, which help conserve water.


Put your shades to work

Control the temperature inside your home with your shades and curtains. Use them either to shield your home from direct sunlight and keep it cool or to allow sunlight in to provide added warmth.


Give your clothes dryer a break

Hang your clothes on a clothesline or drying rack outside and let the sunshine do all the work—for free. You’ll save energy and money by not running your dryer as often. Plus, clothes will feel and smell better, last longer and won’t shrink when hung to dry.

By implementing some of these tips for saving energy in spring, as well as year­-round energy-saving tips, you can make your home more energy efficient and help reduce your electricity bill.

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