Monday, March 21, 2016

How to Save on Spring Energy Bills

As the flowers bloom and temperatures rise, you may also notice the abrupt increase of your gas and electric bills. To help keep utility costs down, follow these simple and cost effective methods to save on spring energy bills.
Open Your Windows

The best part about natural ventilation is that it’s free. On brisk nights, turn off your cooling system and let mother nature’s crisp breeze circulate through your home.

To keep your home cooler during the day, make sure to close blinds, curtains, and windows. If your home is still too hot, investing in energy efficient window treatments is a great solution to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat entry during the summer.

Utilize Fans

The National Association of Home Builders found that ceiling fans can help lower your electric bill by up to 30 to 40 percent, while never touching the thermostat. Make sure to utilize the bathroom fan as well because heat and humidity tend to linger after a hot shower. To lower the temperature of other rooms like the kitchen and laundry room, spot ventilation can be extremely useful too.  

Monitor Your Thermostat

Setting your thermostat too high or too low can result in unnecessary added expenses to your monthly bill, but there are more efficient ways to monitor your thermostat while you’re away.

The Nest Mobile application for iOS or Android allows you to change the temperature settings of your home or business directly from your smart phone or tablet. This intuitive application adapts to your moods and through continuous usage it learns your preferred settings. Nest also provides a detailed energy usage report on how much you’ve saved and sends alerts directly to your mobile device in the event of an emergency.

Fire Up The Grill

When temperatures rise, fire up the grill instead of the oven to avoid overheating your home. If you don’t have a grill, but still want to avoid using the oven, utilize your stovetop or microwave to help keep your home cool.

Reducing Hot Water Usage

Taking shorter showers and only running the laundry or dish washer when full will greatly lower your water bill and reduce heat buildup, thus saving you money. Water heating generally consumes between 14% and 25% of the energy use in your home, so turning down the setting to “warm” (120° F) will ensure you don’t see a spike in your utility bill.

Switch To LED Lighting

Ten to fifteen percent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is converted to light; the rest produces heat. For as little as $5, LED light bulbs produce 85% less energy and delivers the same amount of light as traditional bulbs. Installing energy-efficient lighting in your home not only lowers heating costs, but electrical use as well.

To keep utility costs down, follow these simple and cost effective methods to save on your spring energy bills. Check in each month with the energy experts of Pro Energy Consultants to learn more helpful and useful home energy saving tips. 

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality: Spring Cleaning

Sunday, March 20th marks the first day of spring and some of you may already be planning your annual home clean-up. To help jumpstart the process and make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled a room-by-room checklist to ensure your home gets a through cleaning. We aim to ease the pain and improve your overall indoor air quality.


Key - When cleaning the kitchen, work your way from top to bottom so you're gradually cleaning your way out of the kitchen. 
  • Clean out the fridge and wipe down the inside and outside, especially the handle.
  • Move the fridge, sweep, vacuum, and mop.
  • Wash the outside and inside of kitchen cabinets.
  • Spray and wipe down the sink including the faucet.
  • Thoroughly clean the inside, outside, and top of the oven.
  • Clean the inside and outside of the microwave.
  • Organize the pantry.
  • Wipe off the light switch and around the door frame.
  • Remove all items from the countertops then spray and wipe down.
  • Wipe off the top of the fridge.
  • Spray and wipe down the trash can.
  • The last thing you want to do is sweep or vacuum the floor, then mop when you’ve completed all other tasks above.

Living Room
  •        Vacuum upholstery.
  •        Wipe the top of ceiling fans.
  •        Wash all pillows and blankets using steam only.
  •        Wipe down the front door inside and out.
  •        Wax wooden furniture.
  •        Vacuum and shampoo rugs.
  •        Wipe down any windows inside and out.
  •        Wipe down walls.
  •        Wipe down light switches.
  •        Vacuum the ceiling, especially all corners.
  •        Clean the door knob inside and out.
  •        Dust all picture frames, lamps, tables, and the television.

  •        Vacuum the ceiling, especially all corners.
  •        Organize drawers and closet(s). 
  •        Wash all bedding and pillows.
  •        Flip your mattress or topper.
  •        Wipe down the inside and outside of all windows.
  •        Wipe all light switches.
  •        Vacuum the corners inside of your closet.
  •        Rearranging the room will allow you to clean more and start with a fresh view.


Key – When cleaning the bathroom, work your way from top to bottom so you’re gradually cleaning your way out of the bathroom.
  •        Spray and wipe down the mirror.
  •        Disinfect the entire shower/tub from top to bottom.
  •        Spray and wipe down countertops.
  •        Replace shower liner or curtain if mold accumulates.
  •        Spray and wipe down sink and faucet.
  •        Spray and wipe down each part of the toilet, including inside of the bowl and the back.
  •        Wash floor mats.
  •        Wipe off light switch.
  •      Clean out medicine cabinet and wipe down shelves.
  •      Sweep and mop floor. 

Each Room & Home
  •        Wash inside and outside of windows and screens.
  •        Dust and wipe off light fixtures and lamps.
  •        Remove, vacuum, and wash vents.
  •        Wash and wipe ceilings, doors, walls and window sills.
  •        Remove drapes and wash.
  •        Dust and wipe off light fixtures and lamps.
  •        Replace all burnt out light bulbs.
  •        Dust off blinds.
  •        Store all winter items in sealed waterproof bins.
  •        Check fire extinguisher expiration.
  •        Ensure all major electronics are plugged into a surge protector.
  •        Replace batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Ensure the first aid kit is updated and throw away expired medications.
  • Donate all old or unwanted clothing and other items to local community organizations like, The Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  • Clean out the garage, basement, and attic while donating all unwanted items to local community organizations.
  • Sweep off porches and driveways, power wash for best cleaning.

Check in with The Energy Experts of Pro Energy Consulting each month for more tips and tricks on keeping your home clean and safe.