Spring clean your way to an energy-efficient home

MothersdaySpring has sprung! Even though we often experience four seasons in one day here in the UK, the change from winter to spring is the perfect opportunity to give your home a good cleaning; saving yourself energy and money in the process. We’ve put together a list of our top tips to make sure your clean home is as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

Dust away those cobwebs!

Built-up dirt and dust can stop your electronic devices and appliances from running efficiently. The more dust there is clogging up air vents, the more energy is being wasted, since the devices have to work harder to perform. Get rid of those pesky dust bunnies to allow your electronics to run more effectively, as well as dusting off any lightbulbs and electricals you have around the house. Furthermore, clean devices will help prevent overheating and therefore reduce the risk of fire. So, dust away!

Watts and Watts of energy-saving…

Switching from traditional lightbulbs to energy-efficient LED bulbs is one way you can make energy and save money during your spring cleaning mission. Whilst they may seem a bit on the pricey side, they could make you big savings in the long run, with estimated energy consumption of just 10% of traditional incandescent lightbulbs. What’s more, LED bulbs can last you up to 25 years, meaning regular lightbulb changing can become a thing of the past. Now, that’s a bright idea!

Seal the deal…

Sealing and blocking cracks and openings around doors and windows is a major way to save energy in the household. Whilst temperatures normally increase with the new season, unfortunately the UK doesn’t have a tropical climate as much as we would love it to! Gaps cause heat to escape, meaning your home will feel colder which may entice you to turn the heating up, which can result in even more heat loss! Insulating tape can go a long way to reducing your electricity bills, so keep the heat in your house and the cash in your wallet by ensuring all gaps are sealed.

More chill, less bill…

Fridges are one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the average household, so it makes sense to ensure the seals on your fridge and freezer doors are clean and tight, to avoid cool air escaping. Spring cleaning is also a good chance to clear out your fridge of any old food and drinks products. Ensuring the fridge is kept no more than two-thirds of its capacity will allow good circulation of air and means your fridge will be able to run more efficiently. “What about the freezer?” we hear you ask. Well, your freezer is also a large consumer of energy, working 24 hours a day to keep your food ice cold. It has to work even harder when there’s a build-up of ice inside – so, if the ice in your freezer is over 5cm thick, it’s time to defrost! These tips will ensure your food is kept chilling, and you have no problems with your monthly billing!

Loads of washing, loads of energy savings…

Nobody likes having a blocked nose. That extra effort to breathe normally makes you feel guilty for taking for granted those glorious, happier times when you weren’t so bunged up. Well… that is how your tumble dryer feels when its ducts become clogged with lint, dust and other dirt particles, making it have to work extra hard to run at its optimum capacity. Cleaning your dryer duct ensures your tumble dyer will use less energy, thus saving you money. With spring on the way, perhaps you could make even more energy savings by making the most of the brighter days and warmer temperatures, and hanging the washing outside.

Sliding into spring…

There’s not much better than sliding open your glass door on to the patio/balcony and taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a fresh spring day. Just be sure to give the track a good clean since dirt and debris can ruin the door’s seal, resulting in the appearance of gaps from which heat can escape.

We hope these tips will help you complete Operation Spring Cleaning, and save you both energy and money in the process. Happy cleaning! For more energy-saving tips, check out our website: http://www.sparkenergy.co.uk/tips

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