Spring is here, and with the rain showers and blooming flowers comes a deep home cleaning. Spring cleaning may seem like a tedious chore after a long winter, but the organization and peace your home will have afterward are big payoffs for your hard work.
Making your home more energy efficient is an essential spring cleaning project that can help you cut down on your utility costs. One way to do this is by making sure your frequently-used appliances operate efficiently. These tips will help you do just that while adding savings to your bill:
Clean your stove’s burners: Not only will cleaning your stovetop burners have your kitchen clean and shiny, but it will also help ensure maximum efficiency. When burner pans fill up with food waste, it absorbs heat and reduces burner efficiency. When clean they reflect the heat up to the pan. If your stovetop has blue flames, it means your gas has proper combustion while yellow flames can mean service may be needed.
Use the right size pots: When cooking, most of us are not thinking about the size ratio of our pots to our stovetop burners. However, this detail matters because heat is lost, and energy is wasted if the size burner is larger than the pot circumference. A 6” pot on an 8” burner wastes over 40% of the burner’s heat.
Unplug electronics: If it’s not in use, instead of turning off your electronics, unplug them. Home electronics still draw power when plugged in and can account for up to 12% of your energy.
Wash with cold water. Washing all loads in cold water can cut energy use in half since heating water consumes 90% of energy.
Clean your dryer’s lint filter: Cleaning your dryer’s filter after every load will improve air circulation, increasing its efficiency. It’s also important to scrub the lint filter if you use dryer sheets regularly, as dryer sheets leave a film on the filter that reduces airflow and, over time, can affect the performance of the motor.
Avoid overloading: It’s normal to want to get as many clothes in the dryer as possible to speed up the process, but overloading can stop air circulation that allows water to evaporate out of your fabrics.
Conduct dryer maintenance: Inspecting your dryer vent pipes and removing any blockage provides for better air circulation, reduces drying time and saves energy.