As we’re thawing out, it will soon be time for the ritual of the season: spring cleaning. Spring is when we open our windows, shake out our rugs and take a deep breath of relief that winter is over.

Spring cleaning can also help you save electricity and money. Here are 10 tips you can use to help reduce your energy use this spring.

1. Dust your light bulbs. Over time, dust buildup on light bulbs makes your home appear dimmer than it actually is. Dust them off, and you may be able to use less light.

2. Let the light in. With more hours of daylight, you can use natural light from the sun to brighten your home for longer.

3. Upgrade your lighting. LEDs use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and can last 20 times longer, according to ENERGY STAR. Plus PPL Electric Utilities customers can get instant discounts on light bulbs at participating retailers.

An incandescent, CFL and LED light bulb

4. Clean inside and Out. We all want the inside of our fridge to be clean, but don’t forget the outside, too. Check that the area behind your fridge is free of dust or other obstructions. Make sure there is space between the fridge and the wall so that air can circulate. If you have an older refrigerator, clean the refrigerator coils to help it run more efficiently.

5. Recycle your old fridge. If you have a spare refrigerator in the garage or basement, you could be wasting $150 in electricity a year, according to ENERGY STAR. But you don’t have to do any heavy lifting to get rid of it. Just schedule your pickup online or give us a call at 1-877-270-3522. As a bonus, you’ll get $35 in the mail as a thank you.

6. Take a breath of fresh air. As the weather begins to warm up, open your windows to cool your home if your health permits you to do so. You’ll save money on air conditioning.

7. Install new filters. Inspect, clean or change the air filters every month in your heat pump, central air conditioner or furnace. Some room air conditioners have filters that need to be cleaned or changed as well. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

8. Add some shade. If planting is part of your spring plans, consider using plants to provide shade to your home or to help insulate your house. When choosing a spot to plant your tree, make sure it will have plenty of room to grow to full maturity. That includes how close it is to a power line. If you’ll be digging, be sure to call 811 three business days beforehand. Utilities will mark the location of any underground electric, gas or cable lines.

planting-landscaping

9. Save your seals. If you have a sliding door that goes outdoor, make sure the track is clean. Dirt and debris can damage the seal, which would allow cool air or heat to escape your home all year long.

10. Get a professional opinion. Sign up for a home energy audit or survey to get customized advice to save energy at your home. Both options include the installation of energy-saving measures such as LEDs and smart strips. The survey is a walk-through evaluation of your home, and the audit includes comprehensive diagnostic testing.

What’s your favorite #springcleaning tip?