Spring Forward with Energy Savings

The change of seasons brings more sun, warmth—and opportunities for saving energy.

Spring is a season of renewal. There's no better time to consider new ways to be more energy efficient.

Here are some simple, cost-effective ways to save energy this season.

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Let in the sunshine

Use the longer days to your advantage.

Open the curtains and blinds in your home to let in sunlight during these remaining colder days. More sun reduces the need for artificial light and can warm your home, reducing the need for heat while it's still cold.

Conversely, when the temperatures rise, drawing shades during the day will keep your home cooler as we transition into spring and summer.

Keep the air moving

Spring temperatures can change rapidly.

As the weather warms, proper ventilation will help to keep your home cooler.

Opening windows creates cross ventilation, which keeps mild air moving to cool your home naturally.

Using a ceiling fan also can help to keep you comfortable in rooms without natural ventilation. Ceiling fans allow you to raise your thermostat setting when running the AC. Just be sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room.

And, if you're looking to purchase a ceiling fan, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® certification for energy efficiency.

Program your thermostat

Digital thermostatInvesting in a programmable or smart thermostat can make saving energy easier and more convenient. Smart thermostats give you the ability to manage your thermostat settings remotely, among other features. MGE's partner in energy efficiency, Focus on Energy, currently has a $75 incentive offer if you're looking to upgrade your home's thermostat.

Taking these simple steps also can help you save energy:

  • Set your fan to "Auto" instead of "On." This simple switch represents the largest difference in energy and cost savings for the average home. The auto setting automatically shuts off your AC's blower when the desired temperature is reached.
  • In summer when using the AC, set the temperature to 78°F when at home or higher when away.

Move meal prep outdoors

Consider firing up the grill instead of the oven during warmer weather. Using your oven generates a lot of heat inside your home.

Consider a home energy assessment

If you think your home could operate more efficiently, consider a home energy assessment—no matter the season.

Visit Focus on Energy to learn more.

published: Mar-02-2018