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Spring cleaning - a chance to prepare for summer

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Spring is here! It’s time for quick-change rainy and sunny days, hay-fever, strawberries and asparagus, putting away my winter boots, and exercising outdoors again. Well, that’s what spring means to me, at any rate - I’m sure you have your own ways of marking the seasons.

It’s also a good time to get some spring cleaning done and prepare your home for the warmer weather to come. Let’s take a look at some green ways of doing that...

  • Is your house properly insulated? If not, you might be losing a lot of money on your power bill as your air-conditioning struggles to keep up. Check this insulation guide to see if yours is up to scratch.
  • Does your air-conditioner need maintenance or cleaning? Dirty or malfunctioning air-con can cost you money by wasting energy too. See if it needs a little attention before the hot weather hits.
  • While you’re cleaning and checking things, dust the coils on your fridge. It’s one of those little things that can make a difference to your electricity bill over time.
  • While you’re getting your curtains and windows clean, check that you’ve got good shading on them. A tree or an awning can help keep the sun off your windows, which is where a lot of heat can get into your home and make you want to crank up the air-con. Make sure your curtains can fully block the sun on the north side of your home.
  • Check for draughts and gaps in your doors and windows, and get them repaired or blocked if necessary. This is another way you can prevent cool air from escaping your house.

If you get this sort of thing sorted out now, then you won’t have to worry about it during your summer holidays later on. I’m happy to do a little work now if it means I can be lazy during the hottest part of the year.