5 Spring Energy Saving Tips
We’re halfway through spring in New Mexico and the temperatures are starting to heat up. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can save money on your utility bill through the spring months and into summer.
Here are 5 tips from the heating and air authorities at R & R Heating & Air:
1. Open Your Windows
The weather might be heating up, but it’s still cool enough that opening up your windows and allowing air to circulate through your home can help you keep cooling costs down. You may find that you don’t have to turn on your air conditioning unit at all!
Keeping your windows open at night also cools down your home and allows heat trapped during the day to escape.
2. Keep Your Blinds Down and Your Shades Closed
This is especially important during the sunniest part of the day, and with an average of 300 sunny days a year, there are a lot of warm, sunny afternoons in New Mexico.
Blinds and/or shades help block the worst of the midday’s sun’s rays — the rays that heat up your home and make turning on your air conditioning unit necessary.
3. Use Floor and Ceiling Fans
While the truly hot summer weather is still a few weeks away, floor and ceiling fans do a good job of cooling down individual rooms. They also use significantly less energy than an air conditioning or swamp cooling unit.
Just make sure that the direction of your ceiling fan has been reversed for hot temperatures.
4. Shut Down Your Electronics
It may not seem like it, but electronics can use significant amounts of energy. They can also give off heat and warm the room they are in. This causes your air conditioning unit to work harder.
Turning off an electronic device you aren’t using can save energy, which saves you money on your utility bill.
5. Change Your HVAC Filter
A filter that is clogged with dirt reduces the air flow into your HVAC system, which causes your system to work harder to cool down your home.
HVAC filters should be changed every 90 days (30 if you have pets or if someone in your family has allergies or breathing problems).
By following these tips and contacting R & R Heating & Air for your regular HVAC system maintenance, you can save energy and save money this spring.