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Clean Up Your Energy Budget This Spring

Updated: May 2

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By tacking energy waste, you can reduce your energy costs this spring.

Spring cleaning is a time-honored custom in millions of U.S. households. It’s when you tackle the dust and grime that accumulated over a long, hard winter. You can also use this time to take on energy waste as well. With these actions, you can enjoy a tidier home and lower energy bills, too!

Get a better view

While cleaning windows, look for loose panes, cracks, or poor caulking, which can lead to air leaks. Air sealing your windows is a simple project you can do yourself. If you have storm windows, replace them with screens to provide natural cooling.

Brighten things up

Dust accumulation on light bulbs blocks a considerable amount of light. Wipe off bulbs to get more light for your energy dollar. Replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs. They use 75% less energy and last much longer.

Clean behind the fridge

When vacuuming and dusting, remember to clean behind the refrigerator. Dust buildup causes the refrigerator to run less efficiently. Cleaning out the inside of your fridge is also a good idea. An overstuffed refrigerator and freezer can restrict airflow and use more energy.

Clear the air

Dust accumulation around heating and cooling vents could be a sign of leaky ductwork. Remove vents and clean them. Vacuum inside ducts as far as you can reach. Have your air conditioning system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Also, blocked vents impede airflow, making your cooling system work harder. Make sure vents are unobstructed by rugs or furniture.

Check filters

A dirty HVAC filter is less effective at keeping your indoor air clean. Replace it regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Your dehumidifier and air purifier probably also have filters that need to be cleaned or replaced. Range hood filters collect grease, smoke, and cooking odors; spring is the perfect time to clean them. Consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning instructions.

Protect yourself and the environment

Many household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can pollute the environment, reduce indoor air quality, and cause health problems. Use nontoxic cleaning solutions and methods to reduce your environmental footprint and your risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. Look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice label.

By taking on energy waste, you can reduce your energy costs this spring and all year long.

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