6 Tips for Springtime Energy Savings

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6 Tips for Springtime Energy Savings

The weather is getting warmer, the grills are getting uncovered, the pool cleaner is starting to show up again, it’s spring! And this means it’s time to start updating your at-home energy-saving tactics.

Saving Energy When the Weather Heats Up

Many people have an easier time tolerating cold weather, which means, as the weather gets warmer and warmer, fighting the impulse to turn on the air conditioning and leave it on for hours gets harder and this is where most of our energy use and expense goes. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help keep your home cool without running up your energy bill.

  1. Using Your Windows for Temperature Control

    • If you live in an area where it cools off at night, open your windows while sleeping and turn off the cooling system. When you wake up, shut the windows and blinds to keep the cool air in. Depending on how early you wake up, you can even leave the windows open to benefit from the cool early morning air before shutting them.

    • Install window coverings to prevent heat from getting in through the windows. Such coverings can include awnings, blinds (interior and/or exterior), draperies, high-reflective films, insulated panels, shades, and shutters.

  2. Be Conservative with the Thermostat Settings

    • Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your bill will be, though this is easier said than done in climates that reach the 90s regularly.

    • Keep the house warmer than usual when you are away, cool when you get home. Having a programmable thermostat will make it easier to set “Away” and “Home” temperatures.

    • Important note: Setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal doesn’t cool the house any faster and may result in unnecessary expense and excessive strain on the cooling unit.

  3. Have Ceiling Fans? Use Them

    • You can actually raise the thermostat about four degrees if you use your ceiling fans in combination with air conditioning.

    • Keep in mind that fans cool people thanks to the wind chill factor, but not the actual room. If no one is in the room, turn off the fans.

    • Make sure the bathroom fan is turned on during showering or bathing to remove the humidity and heat.

  4. Watch Out for Heat from Appliances and Lighting

    • Using the oven during especially hot days will just make the house hotter and make cooling more difficult. Do your best to avoid using the oven on hot days. Stick to the stove, or even grill outside.

    • Install efficient lighting that doesn’t release as much heat.

    • Minimize running the dishwasher, using a computer or TV, or using hot devices like hair dryers.

  5. Keep the Hot Air Out

    • Seal cracks to keep warm out from leaking into the house.

    • Add weatherstripping or caulk to seal leaky windows and doors.

  6. Lower Water Heating Costs

    • Did you know that your water heater uses up 18 percent of your home's energy-use? Turn the temperature down to 120 degrees F. Keeping your showers short will help too!

Better for the Environment, Better for You

Ultimately, anything we can do to save energy and conserve natural resources will benefit all of us, both directly in terms of personal cost-savings and indirectly in preserving our world for the future. At Vosh, we are committed to doing our part for the greater good, which is why our car washers use less than three gallons of water for each wash. Additionally, we offer waterless car washes. To learn more about us or to download the Vosh on-demand car was app, visit our website at http://vosh.me/.

Publish Date: 03/29/2017
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