Energy efficiency tips for the spring

JANUARY 23, 2018

This has so many tips! Find out how to make sure that your home is ready for the warmer weather.

1. Make sure all your fans are dust-free and working properly

Wash or replace filters regularly. Consider installing a timer switch on your bathroom fan.

2. Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan

In winter, let the fan push warm air down towards the floor. In spring, switch the direction and draw air upwards, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.

3. Clean your sliding glass door track

A dirty track can ruin the door's seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.

4. Check your refrigerator's condenser coils

Make sure the coils are free from dust and pet hair and that air can circulate freely.

5. Check the seals on your refrigerator door

Your refrigerator accounts for up to 11% of your household's total energy use. Make sure the seals are clean and tight.

6. Inspect your foundation walls

If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there's a web, there's a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from a non-insulated basement.

7. Invest in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows

They'll help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.

8. Install an attic ventilator

Get the same level of comfort as an air conditioner at a much lower cost. Pump in cool air during summer evenings, then seal your home during the day. Attic ventilation can help lower winter heating bills too.

9. Choose an electric-powered lawn mower

Unlike gas-powered lawn mowers that emit greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change, electric-powered lawn mowers do not.

10. Buy the smallest capacity AC unit that will suit your needs

Calculate the energy efficiency ratio (EER) by dividing the unit's cooling capacity (BTU's/hour) by its energy requirement (watts). An EER of 10 or more is very good, and 6 or 7 is fair.