The first official day of spring comes the middle of this month and with it a fresh opportunity to find ways to save energy and money.

  • Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance, such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters, can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Also, the first day of spring could serve as a reminder to check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels.
  • Open windows. Opening windows creates a crosswise breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on air conditioners. This is an ideal tactic in spring when temperatures are mild.
  • Cook outside. On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
  • Install window treatments. Energy-efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades, and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise. These devices not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs.
  • Caulk air leaks. Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out…and cash in your wallet.
  • Bring in sunlight. During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to brighten your home.

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