Got That Spring Cleaning Itch?

If you’re like me, once the daffodils start blooming and the birds begin chirping, I get that spring cleaning itch. I can’t control myself. I’ve got to crank up my rockin’ blues tunes, throw the windows wide open and start scrubbing like a mad woman. It’s an annual, frenzied ritual involving copious amounts of Pine-Sol (a throwback to my childhood).

This spring, however, I’m going to change things up a bit. Oh, I will still play Candye Kane (my current favorite blues singer) a little too loudly, and I will still scrub furiously. But… I’m also going to tackle improving the energy efficiency of my house. Not just because it’s the “green” thing to do, but because it will also save me money on my electric bill.

There are even some energy efficiency improvements that I can do that will cost me either nothing or very little:

  • Vacuum the condenser coils on the back (yours may be on the bottom) of my fridge. Clearing out the dust and gunk on the coils helps refrigerators run more efficiently.
  • Clean my oven and range. An oven or range darkened from use absorbs more heat, reducing its efficiency.
  • Clean out my clothes dryer exhaust ducts. Globs of lint can block the ducts and reduce a dryer’s efficiency.
  • Change the direction of my ceiling fans. Running ceiling fans counter-clockwise will blow air straight down and provide a wind chill effect.
  • Replace my HVAC filter. A dirty filter slows air flow and causes the system to use more energy.
  • Replace my old light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs can save as much as $65 per year on one’s electric bill. And PNM offers discounts on CFLs and LEDs so I won’t have to spend a lot of money.

With all the money I’ll be saving from these energy efficiency improvements, next year I’ll be able to spring for lemon-scented Pine-Sol!

Karyn Scott | Corporate Communications
PNM | Albuquerque, NM