Spring marks a perfect time of year to make your home more energy efficient. You can save energy and money this year with these five quick tips:

  1. Seal cracks and gaps around your home. As you put away your storm windows consider adding weather stripping around leaky doors and caulking window frames.
  2. Change filters regularly. Change furnace and air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling system by making it work harder on hot summer days.
  3. Clean the refrigerator inside and out. Now’s a good time to check the temperature settings on your refrigerator after you’ve given it a good wipe-down. Ideally, a refrigerator’s temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees for maximum operating efficiency.
  4. Think sun block. By pulling down the shades on your windows this spring and summer, you could save about $35 a year. By blocking the sun, your house will stay cool and comfortable.
  5. Enjoy spring breezes. Use a clothesline during warmer months and let sunlight and breezes dry clothes naturally. This will reduce your electric bill by not running a dryer and add a genuine clean scent to your laundry.