Get Your Home Ready For Spring

Dated: April 15 2022

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Planning your spring cleaning? Here are a few ways to help get your home in tip-top shape for an energy-efficient season from Idaho Power.

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Inside Your Home

  • Clean or replace air filters. Dirty filters block necessary airflow and significantly reduce an HVAC system’s efficiency and life. 

  • Check your thermostat settings and adjust for a spring/summer schedule. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to allow automatic adjustments. Visit the Idaho Power website to
    see if you qualify for a $75 smart thermostat incentive.

  • Ask a contractor to check your home’s insulation levels. Evaluations are usually free.

  • Switch the direction of ceiling fans. Turning your fan counterclockwise in the warmer months will blow air down, creating a draft to keep you cool. 

  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets. A hot water drip can keep your water heater cycling and if you’re on a well, a leak can keep your pump running. 

  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils. Dust, dirt and pet hair can prevent the coils from releasing heat and cause the compressor to work harder and run longer. This
    uses more energy and shortens the refrigerator’s life.
     

Outside Your Home

  • Brush or hose leaves and debris off the outside A/C or heat pump. This allows proper air flow for your unit to work more effectively.  

  • Install timers on outdoor lights and water features. This will help reduce hours of operation.  

  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors by using caulk, weatherstripping or adjusting hardware for a better fit. Fixing air leaks is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve comfort and reduce energy use.  

  • Haul out the grill and get it ready for outdoor cooking.Using a grill or a Dutch oven keeps heat out of the kitchen.  

  • Plant shade trees to shield west-facing windows.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, well-placed shade trees can block the sun’s rays and reduce energy used
    for summer cooling by 15% or more. 

  • Make sure your outside dryer exhaust vent opens and closes properly. The louvers can become jammed when dirty. Keeping hot air outside where it belongs saves on cooling costs. 

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Denise Rhodes

With 30+ years as an executive for 2 major companies, I bring professionalism, integrity, diligence and attention to detail. I am the wife of a retired LASD Sergeant, daughter of a veteran a....

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