Spring Clean with Energy Savings

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual practiced by millions of homeowners. Did you know that it can help you save energy and reduce your impact on the environment? While you’re chasing those dust bunnies around, consider the following tips to make your home more energy efficient:
* Behind the fridge – When vacuuming and dusting, remember to clean behind the refrigerator. Dust buildup causes the refrigerator to run less efficiently.
* Around your windows – While cleaning windows, look for loose panes, cracks or poor caulking, which can lead to air leaks. In spring and summer, replace storm windows with screens to provide natural cooling.
* Light bulbs – Dust accumulation on light bulbs blocks a considerable amount of light. Wipe off bulbs to get more light for your energy dollar. Replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. They use 70 to 90 percent less energy and last much longer.
* Ductwork – Leaky ducts often result in rapid dust accumulation around heating and cooling vents, causing your air conditioning system to run less efficiently. A properly sealed and insulated duct system can save energy and money – and make your home more comfortable. Have your ductwork inspected and sealed by a quality professional.
* Office – Every desk could use some de-cluttering. Shred unneeded documentation like older mail or statements.
During spring cleaning, you may have more laundry and dishwashing than usual. Make sure these appliances are fully loaded before running them.
Duke Energy recently published the above article with great tips, so we wanted to share!