Northwestern energy has recently published tips on how to clean your home to increase your energy efficiency and reduce your power and gas usage.
Vacuum refrigerator coils: Dust that builds up on refrigerator coils can cause the motor to work harder, using more energy.
Clean oven and range: A range or oven darkened from heavy use absorbs more heat, reducing its efficiency.
Clean or replace furnace and air conditioning filters: A dirty filter will slow air flow and cause your system to use more energy. Filters should be changed at least every 3 months.
Replace smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries: Replace batteries in all detectors at least once a year. If your CO detector is more than five years old, it is likely time to replace the CO detector as the sensor life is normally only 5-7 years.
Basement or Garage
Move flammables: Clear away flammable materials and liquids from gas water heaters, gas furnaces and other heat sources.
Get rid of that old second fridge – you would be shocked to learn how much you are paying to keep it plugged in each month!
Clean out dryer ducts: Blocked dryer ducts make your machine work harder than necessary—using extra energy to dry clothes.