Spring Has Sprung! Now Let’s Open Some Windows…

April 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Now that spring has sprung here in the Triangle, it is a great time to be thinking about opening those windows to let in some fresh air…and…some energy savings.  You can maximize your spring energy savings by knowing when to open and close your windows.

The benefit of springtime is that it is cool overnight and in the morning, even when it gets warm in the afternoon.  In addition, the air is warm yet still low in humidity, so even at higher temperatures it still feels nice and comfortable.

Try a few of the strategies this spring to maximize energy savings, as follows:

If the forecasted temperature will be between 65-75° you might consider opening all your windows when you get home after work.  Or if you work from home, or are home during the day, wait until lunch time to open those windows.  Then as it starts to get dark, close the windows to trap the warm air in your house in the evening—this decreases the need for heating overnight and in the morning when it can still be chilly.  For days that will be over 75° you might consider opening your windows in the morning to let in the cool air before leaving for work, then keep them closed for the remainder of the day.  This keeps the cool air inside even when it gets warm throughout the day—then as the sun goes down you can open your windows as it gets below 70° to cool your house again.

I recently came home from work one day when it was 75° outside, but it was a comfortable 68° inside my house—and the thermostat had been turned off all day!

Enjoy the great spring weather!

Tom

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann Deupree  |  April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I completely agree with your strategy, Tom. What do you suggest though for all those folks who suffer with pine pollen that is everywhere for several weeks in the spring (like now)?

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  • 2. Clean Energy Durham  |  April 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t have a great solution for you on the pollen–that is a good point.

    Reply

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