Spring is finally upon us, which means things will be heating up in no time…including your electric bill.

In today’s economy, everyone is looking to reduce expenses wherever possible, especially those costs related to your home.  Implementing seemingly small steps in home maintenance can yield big results in terms of savings. Now is a great time to take inventory, do some “Spring Cleaning” and reduce your energy costs.

Here are some great energy-saving ideas to look at this spring:

Start at the top. Now is the perfect time to make sure your roof has adequate ventilation. As the weather gets increasingly warmer, heat builds up in your attic and good ventilation is critical to cutting cooling costs.

Check your cooling system. Perform regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Replace the filter monthly during the cooling season and have a professional service your system at the beginning of each cooling season.  An annual inspection is key to keeping your air conditioning system running at peak performance. Early spring is the best time to call a local contractor to schedule a check-up.  Make sure air conditioning units are free of obstructions inside and out. Don’t forget to trim bushes, and clear leaves and other debris away from your outdoor condenser.

Consider a furnace replacement. You may be using your furnace less as the weather warms up, but if it’s an older model, now may be the time to take advantage of end-of-season sales to replace it with one that’s more energy efficient.

Think about landscaping. Landscaping plays a part and is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for your household budget as well.  Consider planting trees on the south and west side of your house to provide cooling shade.

These are just some of the ways to help reduce energy costs and also protect one of your greatest investments…your home.  Following these simple energy saving tips will reduce your home’s energy costs when the temperatures start to get warmer.