As we welcome the arrival of spring, many of us may be thinking of ways to reduce our energy usage while still maintaining a comfortable home environment. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, it’s important to take the appropriate steps to ensure that our energy bills don’t skyrocket as we use more air conditioning and other appliances. In this blog, we’ll discuss some practical springtime energy-saving tips that you can implement in the coming weeks to reduce your energy consumption, save money and help the environment. From simple changes like opening windows strategically, to more significant upgrades like adding outdoor structures, there’s plenty you can do to save power this season.
Open your windows and let the air flow.
Opening your windows during the day can help to cool your home naturally, reducing your monthly bill and reliance on air conditioning. However, it’s best if done strategically. Open the windows on the side of your home that’s more in the shade, and close them on the side that’s facing the sun. This will allow you to take advantage of cool breezes without letting in too much heat.
Invest in a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats can be programmed to follow a pattern of heating and cooling. Some models come with a sensor that allows it to use energy as efficiently as possible. This can be a great way to cut down on energy consumption, without having to put much thought into it.
Plant trees strategically.
Planting trees in strategic arrangement can help to provide shade and reduce the heat that enters your home. For example, many choose to plant trees on the south and west sides of their home to block the sun’s rays during the hottest parts of the day. Not to mention, it can look beautiful when done properly.
Use natural light.
During the spring and summer months, take advantage of the abundant natural light instead of relying on artificial lighting. Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let in natural light, and turn off your lighting appliances when you’re not using the room. Remember that the sunlight can heat your home quite quickly, so be careful not to put your air conditioning under too much stress as this can have an opposite effect on your energy bill.
Make use of the great outdoors.
One of the best ways to reduce your energy bill is by making use of your outdoor spaces. Both on your own, and with friends and family. A fire pit can be a perfect addition to any backyard, providing warmth and ambiance for chilly spring evenings without the need for indoor heating. Building a screened gazebo allows you to enjoy your outdoor space without worrying about pesky bugs or other pests. Using your grill more often during the spring and summer months will help to keep your kitchen cool while reducing the amount of energy you’re using to cook.
Enjoy the season!
All in all, we hope you enjoy the spring and summer months ahead as we will. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home this spring season, we have a qualified team of knowledgeable agents to assist you with your every move.