Spring Into Savings with These Energy Efficiency Tips

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Spring is in the air. With the season change comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. While you’re busy doing the typical vacuuming and dusting, bring this energy-saving checklist along to help save energy and money this season and throughout the year.

Here are five ways to help you save: 

Change your filters

It’s important to change the filter for your HVAC system at least every three months – it’s also easy to forget. Dirty air filters limit air flow and force your system to work harder. The quarterly change of season is an easy way to remember to change your filter to help ensure your HVAC system is operating efficiently. Also, take care to ensure filters are installed in the proper direction. 

While you’re at it, don’t neglect other filters in your home. Filters in your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes dryer and vacuum cleaner (just to name a few) should be checked and cleaned or replaced regularly. 

Clean and adjust ceiling fans

Dust areas that normally don’t get dusted regularly, like your ceiling fans. While you’re there, set fans to rotate counterclockwise. This will create a cooling effect that helps you feel more comfortable during warmer months. 

Give your windows attention

Dirty windows prevent more light and heat from shining in. Cleaning windows and screens brightens up your space and can help reduce the need to turn on the lights.

Check windows for any air leaks. They can account for up to 40% of your home’s heating and cooling energy use. Caulking and weatherstripping are easy fixes that can help seal any openings to keep cool air in and the hot air out. 

Finally, add some window treatments like blinds or drapes. Close them during hot, sunny days to prevent added heat in your home. 

Switch to LED lights 

Take the time to switch out incandescent bulbs for LEDs. They use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. 

Focus on the refrigerator

Clean the condenser coils of your refrigerator and freezer. This can help regulate the refrigerator temperature as dirty coils can force it to work harder to keep food inside cold, adding to your electric bill. 

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, consider investing in one that has the ENERGY STAR® label. On average, ENERGY STAR refrigerators use about 9% less energy than other refrigerators.  

For more tips and resources to save energy and money year-round, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/saveenergy.


CONTACT: Brooke Conlan, 330-807-7564    

Last Modified: March 27, 2024