It may not feel like it as late-season winter storms continue bringing snow to Virginia, but spring is officially here! We’ve set our clocks an hour ahead, and now is the perfect time to do some projects around the house to help you cut your electric bill and prepare your home for the warmer months to come. Virginia Energy Sense, the Commonwealth’s energy education program, is here to help with your prep work this spring. We are committed to helping Virginians understand their energy use and what they can do to save energy cost effectively and easily. Below are a few tips we’ve assembled to help you do some spring energy cleaning of your own.
Consider a Home Energy Audit – Conducting a home energy assessment is one way to identify opportunities that will make your home more energy efficient.
Maintain your HVAC System – Having your furnace and air conditioning system serviced once per year ensures it runs at peak efficiency.
Seal any Ducts – Air loss via ducts can raise your energy costs. Look for exposed seams in ductwork in basements, crawl spaces, and attics. Seal any gaps or seams with appropriate heat-approved tapes or sealant.
Install a Programmable Thermostat – A smart thermostat learns your behavior and can lower or raise the temperature if you are going to be out or not. And it lets you control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.
Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting – CFLs and LED light bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Switching to them will save your office both energy and money!
Adjust your Ceiling Fans – Make sure they are moving counter-clockwise in order to circulate cooler air throughout your home. You’ll also save more by relying less on your thermostat.
Install Window Treatments – Adding coverings like blinds or shades will reduce the heat from the sun that enters your house, keeping your home cooler and reducing your energy use.
Replace Old Appliances – Older appliances are not as efficient as newer models. Purchasing ENERGY STAR equipment is a great step toward increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency.
Cut the Power – Turn off lights, computers, and other equipment when they’re not in use and overnight. Leaving them on, or plugged in when not in use, leads to higher electric bills.
Visit our website for additional resources on how you can save energy in your home during the spring. By taking these important steps, you’ll also help Virginia reach its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2022, which will benefit all Virginians.