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Spring Savings: Tips to keep your energy bills low

Published April 15, 2024

After a very mild Minnesota winter, temperatures have begun to rise and the trees are turning green again. Like autumn, Minnesota spring usually correlates to reduced energy bills, as mild temperatures result in reduced heating and cooling usage. However, there are still plenty of strategies to keep your energy usage low before the heat and humidity strikes this summer. Check out our Spring Energy Savings Tips below, and take a look at the rest of our Seasonal Energy Savings Tips here.

  1. Adjust your thermostat based on the weather. For cold weather, set it at 68 degrees or lower when you are at home and up to 10 degrees cooler when you are away or at night. If it’s warm outside, have the air conditioner turn on when it is 78 degrees. A programmable or smart thermostat can do this automatically.
  2. Manage the sun. Keep window treatments open on cool days to let in the warm sun, and close them on hot days to keep your home cool.
  3. Get your air conditioning unit professionally serviced. Make sure your AC unit is ready to cool you down during hot weather and is free of outside debris.
  4. Open windows to naturally cool your home.
  5. Use fans, instead of or with air conditioners, as the weather warms. Switch the rotation of ceiling fans counterclockwise and operate them at a slow rate to circulate cold air down from the ceiling.
  6. Replace furnace filters regularly. If you have a central air conditioning system, air continues to travel through your furnace system. Filters can help with allergens, and clean filters keep your mechanical systems working efficiently.
  7. Sign up for the air conditioning cycling program offered by your local utility if you have central air conditioning. You receive a discount for allowing the utility to cycle your air conditioner on and off during peak energy times.
  8. Take short showers instead of baths to reduce hot water consumption in your home.
  9. Use the bathroom fan to prevent excess heat and humidity from escaping into the rest of your home.
  10. Clean refrigerator coils while you are spring cleaning. You should clean coils twice a year or more frequently if you have pets.
Author: James Birr

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