I love Spring! The outside temperatures aren't too high or too low. I don't use my HVAC system much at all. My goal is always to keep my home's envelope as tight as possible. The home envelope is the combination of materials that surround the interior space you live in including walls, floors, ceiling, roof, windows, and doors. The quality and integrity of your home's envelope greatly affects the comfort and cost to operate your home. A well-sealed envelope, along with the right amount of insulation, can make a real difference on your utility bills. Here are a few things that will help you:
1. Use ceiling fans to keep air circulating in your rooms.
2. Install insulation in your attic, basement, and crawl space.
3. Seal all leaks around doors, windows, and light switch/receptacle boxes.
4. Keep or install plastic on windows that are not rated energy efficient by energystar.gov.
5. Grill outside, instead of using your stove. If you need to use the stove, use it during the cooler times of the day.
6. Operate the clothes dryer during the cooler times of the day; morning or evening.
7. Use insulated curtains to block sunlight in the rooms you're not using at the time.
8. Have your AC unit serviced and your filters changed every 3 months.
9. Use a programmable thermostat and keep the temperature consistent.
10. Limit the times you raise your windows to let fresh air in. Don't allow anyone to have windows open when you're trying to cool your home.
If you can't do everything, do one or two. The goal is to make changes to save money and energy. Any changes you make will make a difference!