Apr 3, 2012

Saving Energy With Spring Cleaning

Boy oh boy!  Just thinking about it gives me a headache.  I am referring to Spring cleaning.  Yes.  I just started it in one room as of the moment.  And oh I can say that my back hurts already.  My goal is to finish the general cleaning this month because we are gardening again in May.  My husband will be needing my help in the yard for sure.

Spring cleaning is an annual routine.  You will find how much 'junk' you got.  Hahaha!  Just kidding.  Besides, you fill find treasure in your house, too, that you don't know off.  Eventually, we need to save money and energy too.  By adding a few extra chores to your cleaning list, you not only will enjoy a spic-and-span household, but you will also save energy and money leading into air conditioning season.  So by following these helpful tips from Farmers Electric Coop we will be able to minimize energy consumption.

1.  Dust your lamps and lightbulbs.  The dust and grime on the bulb make it dirty, reducing the amount of light it gives off.  Replace burned out incandescent with energy-efficient CFLs.

2. Clean your air filter.  It it's over a month old, replace it.  Replacing the air filters allow your HVAC system to run more efficiently.

3.  Clean the air-return vents.  Make sure drapes and furniture are not blocking them.

4.  Dust your blinds.  House too cool for comfort?  Leave blinds open to let the sun's rays heat your home.  Home too warm?  Keep them closed to block the sunlight, keeping your home insulated.

5.  Vacuum the refrigerator coils.  The dust buildup causes the fridge to run less efficiently.

6.  Thoroughly dust your electronics, and if they are not in use, unplug them.

7.  Scrub your tub, and then install a low-flow showerhead.

I hope these help you organize your Spring cleaning ritual too.

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