Goodbye winter: Three ways to prep your home for summer

This has been the longest winter in the history of snow and if I never see a snowman again it will be too soon.

Key Points

  • Summer will come eventually (I hope) and now is the time to get ready for the heat.
  • Make sure your home’s leaks are sealed, water heater is turned down, and cooling system is tuned up.
  • A few simple changes can help you save energy and money this summer.

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about weatherizing our homes for winter.

Just kidding. This has been the longest winter in the history of snow and if I never see a snowman again it will be too soon.

But even if spring seems to be taking its sweet time to get here, I have hope. Hope that someday it really will be summer and we can finally trade our parkas and snow boots in for swimsuits and flip flops. It has to happen eventually, right? No really, someone please assure me that summer will eventually come.

In the meantime, here are three ways to prepare your home for summer:

  • Stop the leaks – Don’t let hot air sneak into your cooled home. Here are some links from the Department of Energy to help:
  • Give your water heater a break – Sometimes the only way to sooth the winter blues is a burning hot bath. The kind of bath that almost hurts and turns your skin red but takes your mind off the winter that will never end. But now that summer is almost here you can turn the water heater down. Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in a home, so turning the temperature down can make a big difference. Check out some DOE strategies for energy-efficient water heating.
     
  • Prep your cooling system – Your air conditioner has had a long break. It’s been approximatey 1000 years since we’ve seen warm weather (no exaggeration), so your AC probably needs some TLC before it kicks back into action. Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment and learn about operating and maintaining your air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump.

Now the only thing missing is actual sunshine and warm temperatures. We’re ready whenever you are summer!


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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