With lockdown restrictions easing, the short winter days about over and the daffodils in full bloom, it can only mean one thing, spring is on its way. And now more than ever, it feels like a good time to freshen up your home and get it ready for spring.
Here are seven ways to revive your home and ensure you can be as energy efficient as possible this season.
1. Turn down the thermostat
As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, it’s a good idea to turn down your thermostat. Setting the temperature between 18 to 20 degree Celsius will keep your home comfortable without using energy unnecessarily.
If you want more control over your indoor temperature, try using a smart thermostat such as which can be programmed to turn the heating off automatically when no one is home and will adjust your home’s temperature based on your local weather forecast.
2. Do some spring cleaning
There’s no better way to breathe new life into your home than to invest in a classic spring clean session. You can help get rid of allergens and any build-up of dust by deep cleaning and you can organise and lighten your space by decluttering.
Here are a handful of spring-cleaning tasks to add to your to-do list:
- Declutter your wardrobe and donate articles of clothing, shoes, and accessories you no longer wear.
- Clean out your kitchen cupboards and throw away out of date food.
- Dust your home top to bottom, not forgetting to dust around radiators to ensure they can work efficiently and to dust your light bulbs, as a layer of dust on them will dim the brightness.
- Wash your windows inside and out, and check the seals to make sure there are no draughts coming in.
- Clean your walls, cabinets, and doors to get rid of dirt and cobwebs.
- Clean the filters on your appliances. Washing machine filters can easily get clogged up with dust and they won’t work as efficiently.
3. Make the most of the extra daylight
Lighting accounts for 15% of an average households’ electricity bill1 so making the most of natural daylight will help keep energy use and costs down. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the natural light in instead of relying on your lights.
And consider installing it’s panels to really make the most of the extra daylight during the spring and summer months. By installing a battery too, you’ll be able to save the electricity you don’t use during the day for use when the sun goes down.