Green Corner: Save Money this Spring!

March 9, 2014

The beginning of spring often brings thoughts of spring cleaning, but it is also a great opportunity to be more energy efficient. While getting your air conditioners ready and cleaning your home might be first on your to-do list, don’t forget about cleaning your home’s appliances and energy-consuming equipment. You would be making your home more comfortable and enjoyable, but also be getting more value from your energy dollar.

Here are some helpful spring tips:

- Dust the light bulbs and shades, and install compact fluorescent bulbs.

- Dust your curtains and remember on warm days, close your curtains on windows facing south and west.

- Don’t forget to clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter.

- If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to 78 degrees when someone is home and at 85 degrees when the house is vacant. This will help you save money on your monthly bill.

- Vacuum the refrigerator’s coils, and if the unit is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model. El Paso Electric will pick up your old refrigerator and give you $30 for it. Just call 1-877-643-1956 to schedule a time.

- Flush out the sediment from the bottom of the water heater tank, and set its temperature to 120 degrees.

- Thoroughly dust computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in your home. Connecting them through a powerstrip enables you to turn them on-and-off more easily when not in use. Remember the programming settings on some appliances may be affected.

- To save money, remember to wash and dry full loads of clothes during the evening and use cold water as often as possible.

- Scrub the tub and consider installing energy-saving showerheads, faucets or flow restrictors.

- If you have a swimming pool or hot tub, set the pool filter and sweeper operations for early morning or late evening hours. Also, it might be time to replace pool pumps and motors with energy-efficient equipment.

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