Reduce Your Energy Bills This Spring!

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, March 25, 2018

The grass is getting greener, trees are sprouting new leaves, and people are putting away their winter coats. Spring is in the air, and that means a new opportunity to evaluate your home’s energy usage and prepare for warmer months ahead.

Here are five easy ways you can save on your energy bills this season:

1. Give your AC a tune-up. Have your air conditioner serviced early to ensure it runs efficiently, economically, and safely throughout the season. Schedule an inspection and maintenance visit from a certified HVAC technician, who can make sure your system is up to speed and catch any problems before they become major expenses. Routine maintenance can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.

2. Check your water heater. To avoid costly repairs in the future, drain a quarter of your water heater tank annually to remove sediment and debris. Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees to avoid scalding temperatures and reduce energy costs.

3. Clean out your fridge. At a whopping 14 percent of the typical household’s energy expense, your refrigerator is an energy hog. By properly cleaning out your fridge, you can reduce its energy consumption and cut down your electricity bill. Clear any dirt and dust from the coils. Remove unneeded and old food to allow air to circulate and increase efficiency. You shouldn't leave your fridge completely empty, however; by keeping it about two-thirds full, you can prevent air from leaking out when you open the door.

4. Seal cracks. In warm weather, cool air can escape through the cracks and openings in your home while hot air leaks in. Seal any openings with a clear or paintable caulk. By sealing the air leaks in your home, you can cut energy costs by almost 30 percent while creating a healthier indoor environment.

5. Be smart with your thermostat. Most experts agree that 78 degrees is the ideal temperature to save on energy costs while maintaining comfort during warm weather. For every degree you set your thermostat above 78 degrees during warmer weather, you could save an estimated 6 to 8 percent off your energy bill.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Follow these Funeral Planning Tips to Make Your Time of Need Easier

Losing a loved one is undeniably difficult. If you are also responsible for making the funeral arrangements at this challenging time, it can feel overwhelming. Numerous decisions must be made qui...

Living with Loss: Do You Know What to Expect After the Funeral?

It takes time to adjust to the loss of a loved one. Once the funeral is over, you may feel as if you're left without any type of road map. Just as your funeral provider and funeral director guide...

Five Helpful New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

On January 1, the New Year rolls around whether or not we are ready for it. If you are adjusting to life without a loved one, you may feel as if you want to skip making New Year’s resolutions. Howe...

The Must-Have Guide to Parenting through Grief

There’s nothing quite like the journey through loss. It can trigger an onslaught of emotions that impact the ability to parent with a level head. Profound sadness and stress may diminish patience...

Do You Know the Most Important Financial Actions to Take When a Loved One Passes Away?

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is undeniably stressful. Trying to determine how to handle their finances and legal obligations can put an additional burden on you and your family at a difficu...

Siblings and Grief: Five Ways to Heal After Loss

They are our first playmates, rivals, and friends. Siblings enjoy a unique relationship that cannot be duplicated. Losing a sibling can be devastating yet this grief is often overshadowed in our ...

Grieving a Loved One During Thanksgiving? Try These Six Tips for Healing

Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for our many blessings. But for the bereaved, holidays can arouse feelings of grief even if the loss was some time ago. If you find yourself feeling down ...

Get the Facts about Veterans’ Burial Benefits

Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services is proud to serve the military veterans in our community. The funeral benefits available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are many and varied...

Affordable, Creative Ways to Personalize a Funeral Service

When grieving, you want to focus on personalization, not expenses.   You may worry that you’ll need to spend more than you’ve budgeted in order to properly honor your loved one. The good news...

How to Have a Safe Celebration of Life: Creative Ways to Honor Your Loved One

You want to honor your loved one during this time of physical separation, but how can you do it safely? A celebration of life, also known as a remembrance celebration, is a memorial service that ...