Ever hear the expression, ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’? It’s just a reminder that the weather in March is very unpredictable, making it difficult to know what to prepare your home and family for. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be stressful; there are actually many simple and effective ways to save money in this transition period.
Hinds Energy is an expert in energy efficiency and strives to ensure your comfort while keeping your expenses as low as possible. Here are a few simple tricks to keep energy costs low without sacrificing comfort for the in-between months!
When it’s too chilly to turn the air on but too warm outside to have the heat on:
1. Open windows to let the beautiful spring breeze into your home to keep it cool.
2. Bring in natural light instead of relying on energy to brighten your home during the day.
When you want to keep the heat out:
3. Cook your dinner outside on the grill. Cooking with indoor ovens and stovetops will add a lot of unwelcome heat to your home.
4. Use your ceiling fans to cool your home down instead of your cooling system. To help produce a downdraft, ensure your ceiling fan is rotating counter-clockwise, creating a direct cooling breeze.
5. Caulk and seal around windows and doors to keep inside temps in and outdoor temps out!
6. Use efficient temperature settings for your refrigerator and freezer. Try 37-40 degrees for your fridge and 5 degrees for your freezer.
7. Take showers instead of baths. Frequently taking baths uses excessive water; consider 5–10-minute showers instead!
8. Air dry clothes on clotheslines or drying racks. It’s actually recommended for many fabrics!
9. When baking, keep the oven door closed! Frequently opening and closing the door can drop the temperature by 25 degrees, wasting energy and possibly even ruining your baking masterpiece! Peek through the window using the oven light instead!