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Spring forward with energy efficiency tips


Posted on 3/10/2017

 Spring energy savings

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.

Indoor 

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.

 

Outdoor 

Spring is the perfect time to get those outdoor projects started. Before you start primping your property, though, keep these tips in mind:

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 at 317.261.8128.

Inspect power tools before use. Make sure power tools and lawnmowers are in working order without frayed cords or weather damage.

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.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.energy.gov/articles/10-energy-saving-tips-spring

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips

https://www.cleco.com/newsroom/-/asset_publisher/BUN21WHLp8es/content/spring-brings-outdoor-cleaning-and-an-electric-safety-reminder

 

 

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