How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient this Spring
Spring is a good time to start thinking about improving the energy efficiency of your home. Making energy-efficient improvements will help you lower your summer cooling bills while preparing your home for the next winter.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Spring is the best times to replace your thermostat with a programmable one. Having a programmable thermostat in your home allows you to better control your heating and cooling.
Installing one in the spring will allow you to get a better handle on your cooling during the summer months.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set your air conditioner on a higher temperature setting during the day while you are working and anytime you are not at home. That will allow you to save on your cooling bills.
Make Sure your Home is Sealed Up
One of the main reasons for energy inefficiency in homes in the spring and summer is cracks and gaps that let in hot air. Allowing heat to bleed into your home will make your air conditioner work harder and will cost you more money. To prevent this, you need to fill in these cracks and gaps.
If you have an older home, pay particular attention to the areas around doors and windows, as these tend to not fit right after many years of house settling and warping of wood frames due to changes in temperature. You also want to look for gaps around your chimney and cracks in and around your foundation that might let in hot air.
Work on Ways to Save Water
The spring and summer period is likely the time when you use the most water, so spring is a good time to think about ways to conserve water to improve your energy efficiency.
Install low-flow devices on your toilet, shower and faucets. These can help you save thousands of gallons of water each year.
You also should inspect your spigots outside to make sure they don’t leak, and if you have a sprinkler system, you need to inspect it also for leaks.
Improving your energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a lot of work nor does it have to set you back a lot of money.
Make these preparations during the spring and you should save a significant amount of money through the summer.
Interested in going green? Call Bosco Home Services at (416) 405-8632 to make your Mississauga home more energy efficient today.