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How to Save Energy in the Fall

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How to Save Energy in the Fall

The warm days are slowly fading away. After a hot summer, it’s exciting to welcome fall and winter weather. As cold weather arrives, here are some tips to incorporate at home to save energy and money. 

Use Natural Light to Your Advantage  

Use the sun’s energy and warmth to your advantage. During the day, you can open the blinds for natural lighting and heat. South-facing windows will help warm your home without any cost.  

Seal Up Cracks, Leaks, and Drafts 

This is a year-round energy saving tip. After the hot summer, check for new cracks, leaks, or drafts. Also check doors and windows for any gaps letting heat out or cold air in. Catching the drafts early before the thick of winter will save significantly. Another commonly missed area to check is the cut-throughs for pipe access and recess lighting, as well as the entry to unfinished spaces. These gaps affect the home’s insulation efficiency.  

 Don’t Forget to Reprogram Your Thermostat 

Strategically programming your thermostat can reduce energy use and save on the heating bill. Before the weather gets too cold, make sure your heating system is working properly for the size of your home. Consider contacting a heating and air conditioning company to schedule a furnace maintenance tune-up. 

 Incorrect thermostat programming can bust your budget and energy efficiency. As cold weather moves in, it is recommended to set your heat at 68 degrees. This is to help the heat run systematically and not be overworked if it falls below 68 degrees. Programming your thermostat to a temperature you can leave for days is best to avoid using too much power. If you are going to be gone during the cooler months, turn the heat a little lower – 65 or lower – to save on energy while you are away.   

 Prepare the Inside of Your Home 

Energy consumption can also be reduced by reversing ceiling vans, correctly sealing the fireplace, and replacing your indoor air filter. Ceiling fans can be a tool to keep you warm if properly set clockwise during the cooler months. Doing so pushes warm air down and cold air up to redistribute the air coming out of vents to all areas of your home. As for the fireplace, be sure you are not letting warm air escape. Properly seal the damper and consider adding an energy-efficient grate. Lastly, don’t forget to replace your indoor and outdoor air filters – this is important for energy efficiency as well as your health. 

 Incorporate these tips to reduce energy consumption and save money this fall and winter!