Spring Ahead: 5 warm weather prep ideas to save energy and money


By ACSET Community Action Agency


Daylight savings time begins at 2 am, Sunday, March 12 this year. Did you know daylight savings time began in the U.S. to increase daylight hours and decrease candle usage to save money? Instead of looking at spring’s annual time change as the loss of an hour of sleep, consider using it as reminder to make your home more efficient for the spring and summer.


ACSET Community Action Agency (CAA) currently has funds available to help qualifying individuals weatherize their home. Weatherization services not only reduce heating costs in the winter but help keep your home cooler in the summer. Learn more about the Weatherization Assistance Program here and contact us to see if you qualify at 616.336.4000.


Here are five more ways to save energy and money this spring and summer!

  1. Change your furnace filter. If you haven’t done this in a while, now is a great time. After running more to heat your home over the winter, your furnace will thank you. Not only will it improve the air quality in your home, it will help your furnace run more efficiently — saving you money!
  2. Check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. This is a task that is easily forgotten but incredibly important for your family’s safety. Test all of your detectors and swap out old batteries. Need a new detector? Many fire departments have free smoke detector installation programs; contact yours to find out more.
  3. Tune up your AC. Your air conditioner needs upkeep to work as efficiently as possible this upcoming summer. Changing the filters will improve efficiency and save money, but having a professional check your system before the weather heats up is an even better idea.
  4. Redirect ceiling fans. Did you know that in the winter you should set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to distribute warm air? Likewise, set your fans to rotate counter-clockwise in the spring and summer. This can keep your rooms cooler in warm weather, limiting the need to run the air conditioner.
  5. Dust. Over the winter dust can accumulate in nooks and crannies. Do some spring cleaning to remove dust from electronics that may be forcing them to work harder. Dust air vents to allow for maximum efficiency and circulation. Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The dust that settles there can cause your fridge to work harder and cost you more money.

Your Community in Action! is provided by ASCET Community Action Agency. To learn more about how they help meet emergency needs and assist with areas of self-sufficiency, visit www.communityactionkent.org