April is the month to start talking about spring which also means spring cleaning. One of the hardest things to clean is window screens. Here is a tip to help get the job done. Children can help you with this as well.
To get started, you will need the following items…
- Kiddie pool
- Water & water hose
- Dish soap
- Soft bristle broom
First, fill the kiddie pool with water and a few squirts of dish soap. Grab the broom and swish the water around to create a foam on the water.
Place all screens in the pool and let them soak for a few minutes (5 minutes max).
Once the screens are finished soaking, swish them back and fourth. You can use the broom to assist you in this. Repeat for both sides.
Now that both sides are cleaned, take the screen out and rinse with a hose to remove all soap. Then, lay screens out to dry before putting back in windows.
*If you would like to clean your screens on a weekly basis, use your vacuum cleaner by running the hose up and down the screen very lightly. Don’t push too hard or it could cause stretching.
Many Americans have resolved to cut
costs in 2011. One of the best places to
start is in your home. There are several
low‐cost ways to create significant savings
on your utility bills throughout the
lifetime of your home.
- Check for leaks.
Cold air seeping in through your doors
and windows and weak spots in your
insulation can have a huge impact on your
energy costs. Test for these issues by
taking infrared images, conducting a
blower door test, or simply locating cool
air by touch. You can save 10 percent on
your energy bill by plugging air leaks with
caulking, sealing or weather stripping.
- Upgrade your attic insulation.
This simple, inexpensive solution can
reduce your home’s heating and cooling
costs by as much as 30 percent. The
recommended insulation level is 12‐15
inches, depending on the insulation type.
- Take a close look at your windows.
Windows can also account for 10‐25
percent of your heating bill in the winter
and can kick your air conditioner into
overdrive in the summer by letting
sunlight in. Consider installing energy-efficient
windows to help block solar heat.
If that’s not in your budget, simply
modifying your window treatments with
thicker or longer curtains can also help
lower bills too.
- Upgrade your appliances.
Swapping out all appliances isn’t
realistic for most homeowners, but if
you’re in the market for a new
washer, dryer or fridge, consider an
Energy Star product.
- Check your filters.
Dirty filters slow down airflow,
making your system work harder to
keep your home warm or cool. Clean
filters also prevent dust and dirt
buildup – an issue that can lead to
expensive repairs or system
replacement. Filters should be
replaced every three months.
- Swap old light bulbs for new,
Energy‐efficient light bulbs require
much less power to provide the
same amount of light for a much
Take a look at the list below to see if you can start saving money!
A federal tax credit makes energy-efficient solar water heaters a more affordable and sustainable option for many homeowners. Read
Upgrading to an energy-efficient heating and cooling system can save hundreds on your utility bills and earn you a tax credit worth as much as $1,500. Read
Replacing your roof with a qualifying energy-efficient metal or asphalt roof can cut your cooling bill and earn you a $1,500 tax credit. Read
A federal tax credit makes adding insulation an even cheaper way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and cut your heating and cooling bills. Read
If money seems to be escaping through drafty windows, doors, and skylights, this federal tax credit might make energy-efficient replacements more affordable. Read