It’s officially spring cleaning season, and you know what that means: lots and lots of chores. While you’re busting your hump and spending a lot of physical energy to clean up your home in preparation for spring and summer, don’t forget about your electrical energy needs as well!
With these great tips, you can keep your energy costs down while you go about those chores around your home.
- When doing your laundry, try to dry your clothes outside. Also, run your washer with cold water whenever your load will allow it.
- Instead of running your vacuum cleaner, attempt to use a carpet sweeper on your carpeted areas and a broom on your hard surfaces. Since they are manually powered, it won’t cost you a dime!
- Adjust your habits to naturally consume less energy. For example, cook simplistic dishes in your kitchen (thereby reducing the amount of dishes you have to clean), or create less laundry by re-wearing clothing that’s not dirty. According to the American Cleaning Institute, jeans can be worn three times before washing!
Reduce Cost of Chores
- Cut your own grass instead of hiring a landscaping company. This will save you a lot of money in the long run, though it will require an initial investment. If you choose this route, be sure you’re using an energy efficient lawnmower!
- Ditch the carwash and wash your own car at home. This will provide you with the opportunity to implement water-saving techniques and to ensure that you are using environmentally friendly products on your car. Plus—no fumbling around with quarters!
- Performing general housing maintenance like changing your furnace filter and fixing leaky faucets and running toilets can absolutely save you a lot of money. While you’re at it, consider making some energy efficiency upgrades to save on your energy bills in the future.
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