Fall is here, and for many of us, this season marks the beginning of higher-than-usual energy bills. If you’re like most people, you’d love to save on your bills but don’t know how to do it. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to make drastic changes to reduce your expenses. Below are a few fall energy efficiency tips to help you save big.
Fall Energy Efficiency Tips
Lower your thermostat. By turning down your thermostat by just a few degrees, you can save about two percent on your heating bill. If you set it at 68 degrees, you’ll still be comfortable,but your heating system won’t have to work so hard. You may also want to consider investing in a programmable thermostat that allows you to lower the temperature while you’re away.
Keep using your ceiling fan. You probably used your ceiling fan during the summer, and there’s no reason to stop now. Switching the fan’s blades to spin clockwise helps push heated air down and keep rooms warmer and more comfortable.
Use curtains and shades. During the day, open your curtains and shades to allow sunlight to enter and warm your home. At night, close them to prevent heat from escaping.
Make sure vents are not blocked. Blocked vents prevent warm air from properly circulating throughout your home. This forces your heating system to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. Make sure your vents are not blocked by furniture, toys, clutter, etc.
Reduce air leakage. Small leaks in your ductwork can add up to big expenses on your heating bills. Invest in professional duct sealing to reduce air leakage.
At Larry & Sons, we can help you make your home more energy efficient in the fall and throughout the rest of the year. For a helping hand with fall energy efficiency, contact us today.