Here are just a few simple things you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive:

  1. 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.
  2. Open windows. This creates a cross breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on the A/C. This is an ideal tactic in spring when temperatures are mild.
  3. Use ceiling fans. Running in a counterclockwise position ceiling fans will cool your home allowing you to raise your thermostat four degrees. This can help lower your electricity bills without sacrificing comfort.
  4. Cook outside. On warmer spring days keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
  5. Install window treatments. Energy efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise.
  6. Caulk air leaks. Using caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out – and cash in your wallet.
  7. Set the thermostat. Setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.
  8. Maximum efficiency: When setting your thermostat, considering setting it at 78 degrees to maximize your energy dollars.
  9. Seal ducts. Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption.
  10. When taking a shower, switch on bathroom fans…they remove heat and humidity and improve comfort.