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Become More Energy Efficient with Spring Cleaning

Become More Energy Efficient with Spring Cleaning 

EnochAfter a long, cold, snow-filled winter, spring is FINALLY here! While most of us think about saving money on energy costs during the heating season, there are a lot of things we can do year-round to become more efficient – starting with the spring cleaning to-do list.

When vacuuming and dusting your home, remember to move your refrigerator and clean under and in back of it. Dust can easily build up on cooling coils, causing it to run less efficiently. Also, make sure the door seal is clean and tight so cold air doesn’t leak out. If you have an older fridge, say 10 or 15 years old, consider replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR-certified model that will result in significant energy savings.

Speaking of dusting, make sure you dust or wipe off light bulbs. Clean bulbs provide more light for the money. If you still have any incandescent bulbs, replace them with compact fluorescents – they use 75 percent less energy.

In the bathroom, after you’ve scrubbed the tub and sink, install energy-saving showerheads, faucets or flow restrictors. These will save water, which cuts down on your water heating costs by reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated.

If you have a sliding door leading outdoors, make sure the track is clean – a dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.

While you’re cleaning and moving things around, it’s a good time to unplug appliances like computers, TVs, DVD players and game consoles and reconnect them using a powerstrip. The powerstrip allows you to turn them on and off more easily when not in use which saves energy.

These are some simple tips to get you started. Once your home is clean and you’re ready to invite a guest in, schedule your Home Energy Solutions energy assessment. For as low as $75 (depending on your home’s fuel), a qualified technician will come make on the spot improvements, such as installing compact fluorescent light bulbs and caulking and sealing leaks (and don’t worry, they wear booties over their shoes and are careful not to leave a mess, so there won’t be any more cleaning!). This service is definitely worth it – I had it done at my home and I am saving about $250 per year on my utility bills.

If you’re interested in the Home Energy Solutions program, but want to see what it’s like first, check out our video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/YY2pDo6P6lM. Then call 877-WISE-USE (947-3873) or visit www.yankeegas.com/hes to schedule your assessment and start saving!

Enoch Lenge is the CL&P and Yankee Gas energy efficiency spokesman. If you're a member of the media and would like to arrange an interview with Enoch, please contact Media Relations.