Let appliances and greenery help regulate your home’s temperature
As you consider the lawn care and gardening that’s just ahead as early spring turns into the growing season, planting greenery around your home may not be your idea of an energy-saving measure. But the addition of bushes and even a new tree on your property can have an effect on how well your home retains heat in winter and cool air in hot weather.
Greenery is nature’s insulator when you plant it close to your home. It blocks cold and wind that may penetrate your home through cracks in the foundation and gaps in insulation, and keeps the foundation shaded from direct sun in the summer. Small trees and dense shrubs provide a barrier that’s a natural energy-saver.
During transitional seasons like spring and fall, there may not be as much need to rely on your main heating source to warm your dwelling. Instead, you can use appliances to do that for you. Electric space heaters, for instance, are excellent choices when it comes to focusing heat in certain rooms where family members gather and most of the house is unoccupied.
The same can be said of room fans that can disperse heat as spring becomes warmer or during hot days that linger in early autumn but don’t require air conditioning to cool off your home.
Use residual heat
Kitchen appliances are also useful in early spring or late fall to take a chill out of the air. When you’re busy cooking dinner and both the stovetop and oven are in use, the residual heat that emanates from them is often enough to heat the kitchen and adjoining areas.
Similarly, doing the laundry can warm up not only the room where the washer and dryer are located, but also adjacent rooms – a basement family room if your laundering is done on the lower level or other rooms on the main floor of your house if the laundry is done there.
When the sun goes down and it’s unclear how low the temperature will dip at night, using a programmable thermostat is a sure way to keep your home at a temperature that’s comfortable while you’re home and lower when you’re out. That ensures that you won’t be wasting heat during periods when you don’t need it as much.
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