Take The Chill Out Of Your Energy Bill
A cool nip in the evening air means it is officially fall and cold weather is just around the corner. Before it gets too chilly, take some time to check each of these fall efficiency tips off your list so you’re ready to save energy and money this winter.
- Set your thermostat to 68 and program it to lower the temperature setting while you’re away to save heating costs. A smart thermostat is a great tool to make these changes remotely. Check out our rebate to make it even more affordable.
- Maintain your furnace. Replace or clean your filters every three months. A dirty filter slows air flow and wastes energy.
- Keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Install weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows where you can see light around the edges or feel a cold draft.
- Check insulation levels. Attic insulation should be 10-15 inches deep, depending on the type, and add more insulation if it is low. You can even get a rebate on your purchase!
- Inspect your water heater. Lower the water temperature to 125 degrees and wrap it with an insulation blanket to reduce heat loss.
- Inspect ductwork. Loose or damaged ducts allow heated air to escape. Repair, insulate and seal these ducts.
- Maintain your HVAC. Have a licensed contractor service your HVAC every other year to prevent future problems and unwanted costs.
- Adjust ceiling fans. In the fall, the ceiling fan should rotate in a clockwise direction, which indirectly forces warm air near the ceiling down.
- Reduce lighting costs. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas and switch to high-efficiency LED lightbulbs that use up to 80% less energy.
- Use the sun. Open the blinds when windows are in direct sunlight, so the sun’s rays naturally warm your home. Close the blinds and curtains when the window isn’t in direct sun to help keep the cold out.