DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Your Guide to Green

Spring Cleaning Tips

Dry clothes faster.

Clear lint from your clothes-dryer exhaust hose. Have a flexible hose? Replace it with smooth metal ducting to improve air flow, dry clothes faster, and reduce drying energy use.

Don’t make your fridge work so hard.

Clean dust from under your refrigerator, the front vent at the base, and any exposed coils at the back. Another tip: Make sure products aren’t blocking the fan vents inside the fridge and freezer.

Clear the air.

Dust bathroom vent fan covers as well as the ceiling fan blades (change the direction to counter clockwise while you are dusting) in other rooms in your home. Clean dust and grease from the kitchen stove hood and exhaust fan.

Plug your home electronics into an advanced power strip.

While you’re dusting your TV, computer, gaming equipment, and other home electronics, take a look at how they’re plugged in. You can stop overpaying to power these big energy users (many draw electricity even when off) by plugging them into an advanced power strip, which automatically cuts electricity to any idle equipment you choose.

Use your bath fan.

Do you have mildew on bathroom ceilings? This is a sign of insufficient ventilation. If you have a bath fan, use it. If you need a fan, look for an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. These fans are very quiet and use little electricity. Be sure to vent bath fans to the outdoors, or you’ll risk moving your mildew problem to another part of the house or attic.

Keep bulbs and fixtures clean.

Dirt will absorb the light and reduce the efficiency. Another tip: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and use up to 90% less energy.

Step outside.

Take a look at any accessible exterior vents, such as for the clothes dryer, central-heating system, water heater, kitchen-fan exhaust, or bath-fan exhaust. Clear them of any blockage or buildup of dust, webs, leaves, and lint.

Feeling a draft?

If you have functional windows, it makes more financial sense to improve them than to replace them with energy-efficient windows. Caulk any gaps and cracks around window frames. Be sure that windows are fully shut. Put up interior window plastic, available in kits at hardware stores. If you don't have storm windows, have them made. Also, for drafty doors, use weather-stripping and door sweeps.


Mark Your Calendar

DCSEU at Lowe's Home Improvement

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017
On June 24 from 11 am to 2 pm, look for the DCSEU at Lowe's Home Improvement. DCSEU staff will be there to answer your questions about rebates, how to choose an LED bulb, and how to save energy at your home or business. 

Lowe's Home Improvement
2438 Market St NE
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DC Sustainable Energy Utility
80 M Street SE, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20003 E info@dcseu.com
P 202-479-2222 F 202-450-1552 Toll-Free: 855-MY-DCSEU (855-693-2738)
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