Spring Cleaning Can Boost Energy Efficiency

With the arrival of spring, it’s a great time to consider adding energy efficiency to spring cleaning jobs. Here are some efficiency tasks you can promote through your local newsletter or cable access channel:

Switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFL)

CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard lightbulbs. For each incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL this Spring, you could save $4.00 in energy costs by the end of the year. There’s no need for any coupons or rebates because the savings are already marked down right at the store. You simply pick up your bulbs and save. Check the participating retailer list at consumersenergy.com for a store near you. In 2010, Consumers Energy customers received discounts on more than 1.2 million CFLs.

Replace your old refrigerator

If it’s more than 15 years old, your second fridge is using up to four times more energy than today’s refrigerators and could be costing you $150 a year in electricity. You can get rid of that energy wasting second refrigerator or freezer at no cost. Consumers Energy will pick it up for free, recycle it in an environmentally safe way and give you $30. Last year Consumers Energy customers recycled more than 11,000 refrigerators and freezers. Visit consumersenergy.com for more information.

Give your home an energy tune-up

For the ultimate Spring energy efficiency make over, check out the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. The Home Performance Survey for $50 is a simple first step toward improving efficiency and reducing your energy bills year-round. A Building Performance Institute Certified (BPI) contractor will come to your home and using the latest building science, analyze your home’s energy efficiency needs and install a simple energy efficiency kit with measures like CFL light bulbs and energy-efficient showerheads. The kit itself has about a $38 retail value, which means the savings start right away. Visit consumersenergy.com for more information.