Spring has finally sprung and for many homeowners, that means it’s time to begin Spring-cleaning and beautifying your home. Ensuring your HVAC system and other appliances are running at maximum efficiency is one of the key ways to lower energy costs. However, there are some lesser known tactics that can also help work towards the same goal of saving you money while allowing you to enjoy the Spring season.
Landscape with a Purpose
Besides adding esthetic beauty to a home, landscaping can work wonders. If laid out in a strategic manner, your landscaping can work double-duty by helping to cut energy costs in the long-run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a well-designed landscape can save enough energy to pay for itself in less than 8 years.
A few simple ways to enhance your landscaping and cut costs includes:
- Planting a tree that will cast a shadow of shade onto your home once it matures in size. Depending on what kind of tree you choose, a deciduous tree can begin providing shade to your windows by the end of its first year, and providing shade to your roof in 5-10 years.
- Consider planting a row of evergreens creating a windbreak in your yard. Windbreaks are also great for blocking blustery winds lowering your home’s heating costs. Likewise, fences installed in coordination with your windbreak allows for the majority of winds to pass overtop your home.
- Reduce water runoff and improve water flow to plant roots by regularly aerating your lawn
Open Your Windows
With cooler days behind us, warmer days are certainly ahead. Take advantage of the season’s moderate temperatures and enjoy the fresh air. Opening your home’s windows helps to create a cross-breeze and lessens your dependency on using your AC system lowering your overall energy consumption while freshening your home.
Can’t take the heat inside the kitchen? Then, get out! While it’s typically more convenient to cook your meals using an indoor oven, it can produce extra heat circulating within your home. Dine al fresco this Spring and cook your meals using an outdoor grill. It’s a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather while lowering your energy usage.
This Spring, take advantage of the comfortable temperatures. These simple tactics are easy ways to keep inflating energy costs at bay. Contact our team today to ensure your system continues to run at maximum efficiency and experience year-round comfort.