5 Spring Cleaning Tasks that Will Save You Money on Your Electric Bill
This time of year, people make new years resolutions to get organized. It also happens to overlap with Spring Cleaning. “The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise.”
According to Wikipedia, Spring Cleaning dates all the way back to “Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay (December 31), a practice now also widespread in Ireland, New Zealand, and to North America. the origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover (Hebrew: פסח pesach). In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the seven-day observance of the Passover memorial or remembrance, There are strict prohibitions against eating or drinking anything which may have beenleavened or fermented with yeast (Exodus 12:15, 19). Jews are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs (known in Hebrew as חמץ chametz), they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday (Exodus 12:15). Therefore, observant Jews conducted a thorough “spring cleaning” of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight (called bedikat chametz[Hebrew: בדיקת חמץ]) on the evening before the holiday begins.”
Whether your tradition of a home deep cleaning dates back a few years, or is a deeply held cultural tradition, with these five easy steps you’ll not only be ensuring a thorough, deep clean of your home, but also saving money on your electric bill in the coming years.
Make these a regular part of your checklist and you’ll be a clean, green, money-saving machine!
- Clean out your air vents (heating and cooling) and replace the air filters in all your systems. You’ll save money because they wont have to work as hard to regulate the temperature and you’ll help protect your family from mold and allergens!
- Clean the areas behind your major appliances (fridge, washer/dryer, water heater) these devices get dusty just like everything else, but this can interfere with their ability to work effectively, causing them to draw more power to run.
- Clear out your winter smart thermostat settings. Come spring, you’ll be opening up your windows a lot more – time to update that thermostat so that you can take advantage of the mellow temps that spring has to offer.
- Clean your shades/blinds – then make sure to use them to control the temp in your home instead of reaching for that thermostat.
- Check the seal on your fridge door while you’re cleaning it out. If it’s not tight enough, try this DIY fix to keep the cold air inside the fridge where it belongs!