Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern
It’s time to spring forward, Indy! Daylight Saving Time
begins Sunday at 2 a.m., which means spring is right around the corner. With spring
weather on the horizon, March is a great time to prepare your house and yard
for the upcoming warmer weather. Check out these quick and easy tips to help you manage your energy usage.
Winter weather and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your
home, so be prepared for the fluctuating spring temperatures and rainy days
ahead while keeping your energy costs low with these tips:
Check your air conditioner. Test your
air conditioner to make sure it is running properly. Make sure it is clean and
replace old air filters to keep it functioning properly.
Seal air leaks from doors, windows and
ducts. Check caulking and seals on windows, doors and air vents to keep
your house well-insulated to save energy. Fixing air leaks can reduce your
cooling energy consumption by nearly 30%.
Use natural light for heat. The first
few weeks of spring can bring inconsistent temperatures, so instead of
switching back and forth from heat to air conditioning, open curtains and
blinds to let in sunlight on cooler days. This will heat your home without
raising your energy costs.
Open windows and use fans to cool your
house. On mild days, open windows and use fans to cool your home instead of
turning on the air conditioning.
Turn on kitchen and bathroom vents. These
vents are designed to remove heat and humidity from your home, so make sure to
use them when cooking or showering to keep your home cool.
Spring is the perfect time to get those outdoor projects
started. Before you start primping your property, though, keep these tips in
Call 811 before you dig. To keep from
hitting underground power lines, call 811 at least 48 hours before you start digging
for your project. A representative will come to your property and mark the
location of underground lines for free.
Don’t trim trees near power lines. IPL
has a tree-trimming program that operates on a 36-month cycle. If you have a
tree on your property that needs trimmed, call the IPL Line Clearing Department
Inspect power tools before use. Make
sure power tools and lawnmowers are in working order without frayed cords or
Don’t use power tools near water. To
avoid electrocution, do not use power tools near water or when it is raining.
Don’t plant vegetation near utility boxes
or power lines. Keep plants, especially shrubbery, away from underground
lines and utility boxes to avoid power outages later on.
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday.
For more energy saving tips, check out our Energy
Savings Tips page.