From flowers blooming to longer days, it’s hard to beat springtime in the Pacific Northwest. With summer on the horizon, now is a good time to prepare your home for the heat of the summer. We have a list of tips to help keep your family cool while conserving energy.
Replace air filters
If your home’s heating/cooling system has an air filtration system, be sure to change out your filters. Changing out your air filters not only improves the air quality in your home, it also makes your home more energy efficient.
Trap that cold air
Before the day starts heating up, close your windows and draw the blinds on windows that are exposed to the sun. Try to keep windows or doors shut when it’s cooler inside than outside.
Invest in energy-efficient windows
Upgrading your windows to high-performance, energy-efficient models will improve the comfort of your home, as well as lower your energy bills.
Spring is a great time to replace or upgrade an old heating system with new, efficient heat pump technology. City Light offers instant discounts to contractors purchasing high-efficiency heat pumps through various local distributors.
Opening windows creates a cross-breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on air conditioners. This is especially helpful in the spring when temperatures are still mild.
Avoid heating your home with appliances
Large appliances like ovens and ranges can heat up more than just your food; they can also heat up your home! This summer, try recipes that require minimal cooking or use appliances like microwaves, electric pressure cookers or even cook outside on a grill.
Install window treatments
Energy efficient window or coverings such as blinds, shades and films greatly reduce heat in your home when temperatures rise.
Visit seattle.gov/appliances for more tips and ideas to help conserve energy around your home.
Article Source: News from City of Seattle