Spring is in full bloom! And that means it’s time to freshen up your home, do a little spring cleaning and take a few steps to make your home more energy-efficient. Tackle a few of these home maintenance projects to save some energy and money this spring.

Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

This one might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of spring cleaning, but it can help your fridge run more efficiently. Refrigerators have a system of coils along the back that exchange heat to keep the items inside cold. When these coils become dirty and dusty they don’t exchange heat as efficiently causing your fridge to have to work harder.

All you have to do to get your refrigerator in tip-top shape again is slide it out a little and vacuum the coils to remove dust and debris. Voila, a more energy-efficient fridge!

Estimated Time Spent: 15-30 minutes

Re-seal Windows and Doors

Caulking around your windows and doors can seem like an unnecessary task but in all actuality, it can make a big difference. In the winter, caulking around all of your windows and doors can keep cold air and drafts out. But, the cold can also cause caulk to crack and split so it’s important to maintain it in the warmer months. A fresh seal in the spring will keep hot air out and your cool air inside where it belongs.

Estimated Time Spent: 2-3 hours

Clean The Dryer Vent

Similar to your refrigerator, your dryer doesn’t run as efficiently when it has a dusty, lint-filled vent. While you should be cleaning your lint trap before every load, some lint and dust can still get through to the vent hose. Over time that lint builds up and results in a less efficient dryer. And since dryers use the most energy of any appliance in your home, keeping it properly maintained can be key to maximizing energy efficiency and saving you money.

Estimated Time Spent: 15-30 minutes

Plant a Tree

If you’re looking for a spring DIY project that does double duty, this one’s for you. Planting trees is always a good idea when it comes to Mother Nature. But, it can also help your energy bill and make your home more energy-efficient. Plant fast-growing deciduous trees strategically around your house to provide shade during the warmer months. Once they mature the shade they provide can keep your home cooler, requiring less air conditioning.

When planting trees, talk to your local nursery about how large they will become in maturity to avoid the costly inconveniences of planting a large tree too close to your home.

Estimated Time Spent: 1-4 hours