Spring is the time to begin new habits, this includes starting good energy habits to follow through the rest of the year. The team at SESM have put together a list of good habits to begin in spring. As well as spring cleaning your home and garden we will give you tips on how to prepare your appliances to ensure they are operating efficiently coming into summer.
Given the current climate with rising energy bills and increasing temperatures, you’ll want to ensure you prepare your house and appliances for the up and coming summer heat wave. Use our tips to ensure you keep your energy and water consumption down and minimise your usage.
Let’s start in the garden, spring is a great time to prepare your garden for summer, weed your garden beds, then mulch. Mulching your garden will help your beds retain water reducing the amount of watering you’ll have to do during the hotter months. You don’t have to rush off to the garden center to buy mulch you can use your grass cuttings to mulch your own garden this will help keep your gardening costs down.
Plant your summer veggies and think about companion planting to keep pests at a minimum, avoid using pesticides in your garden, look for organic alternatives to combat those little critters. Think of the bees and keep your garden organic, plant lots of beautiful flowers that will bring in the pollinators to ensure you have a fruitful summer.
To conserve water, install a rain water tank and use that where possible to water your garden, even use the water to clean your car, if you have the space drive your car on the lawn and wash your car there, the lawn will get a water at the same time (just make sure you’re using an eco friendly car wash liquid or you might end up killing your grass!)
Moving to the outside of your home ensure you seal all your doors and windows any air moving in and out of the gaps in spring will result in all your cool air escaping in summer. If you can insulate your home and trap the cool air in that’s a massive bonus and will help reduce your heating and cooling bills.
Plant shrubs or trees around north/west facing windows, these will help shade the windows preventing the full heat of the sun entering the room, if its within your budget you might want to consider adding awnings to the outside of your windows to provide further shade.
Inside your home declutter, if you haven’t used it in a year the chances are you won’t need it again, however that’s no excuse to send this stuff to landfill. Make yourself some cash for your summer holiday and have a garage sale what doesn’t sell donate or give away, everything can be reused or recycled.
After you have decluttered your house time to clean, save some cash on all those expensive chemical cleaners and make your own. Make your own using vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus oil or buy chemical free products that don’t harm the environment or break the budget.
Give all your appliances a clean this includes vacuuming the coils behind your fridge, once everything is cleaned and dusted call your local electrician and have them service your appliances before they get their summer blast. Especially your air conditioner as it’s about to get a big work out and you want to ensure that its operating efficiently.
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Use your appliances efficiently, wash your clothes in cold water and use the solar dryer to dry your clothes. Washing your clothes in cold water and drying your clothes on the line can save you up to $100 on your spring energy bills.
Make sure your fridge and freezer are fully stocked to keep them working efficiently the less stuff you have in your fridge the harder the appliance must work to keep everything cool, if need be fill some jugs of water to fill up the empty spaces in your fridge. Set your fridge to the correct temperature between 3 and 4 degrees will be sufficient and minus 15 degrees for your freezer. Outside this range and you are wasting energy needlessly.
Finally reduce your hot water consumption by taking shorter showers and always having your taps on the cold setting, turning on the hot tap even if hot water doesn’t come out will still cost you on your hot water bill.
Where possible avoid using you’re A/C unit and instead rely on your fans, sitting under a fan can make you feel up to 5 degrees cooler. Always remember and dress for the season that you are in, as spring can be a little unpredictable dress in layers that way you can add or reduce what your wearing depending on the temperature.
Further to spring cleaning your home, spring clean your energy provider, call them and ask for a better rate if they can’t provide you with one then shop around until you get a better deal. Always look for an energy provider that uses clean energy where possible and keep your carbon foot print down.
Spring is a great time to get out and about, it’s not too hot and not to cold making it the perfect time to go on an adventure, the less time you spend in doors the less energy you will consume. As the weather is a little more predictable during spring swap the car journey for a cycle or a walk it’s not only a healthier way to travel but you’ll also reduce your journeys carbon foot print.
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