Save money and be comfortable in your home with these fall home energy saving tips.
1. Maintain your Heating System
To maximize the life of your furnace or boiler, schedule regular service and replace filters as needed. We recommend scheduling a tune-up every year. Get on our schedule here.
2. Lower your Water Heating Costs
Lowering the temperature of your water heater just a few degrees could save you money. Another option to increase energy-efficiency is adding an insulating blanket over your water heater. This can be found in hardware stores or online in all sizes to easily fit around your unit to hold in heat.
3. Seal any Leaks
In order to make your house as efficient and comfortable for you, it’s important that all the air leaks around utility pipes be sealed. There are many other places where this can happen such as recessed ceiling lights or cupboards in kitchens–so get up there with some caulk!
4. Adjust your Thermostat
When you are at home, try to set your thermostat to a lower temperature that is still comfortable! At nighttime we recommend turning your thermostat back 5-15 degrees (or what you can be comfortable with). This will also help with energy efficiency, so it pays off in more ways than one! Many people forget to lower their thermostats at night, which is where you can benefit from choosing a smart thermostat to adjust your temperatures according to a set schedule.
5. Drafty Windows
Keep your curtains tight to the windows and or use heavy duty plastic sheets that can stick to your window frames. The tightness will reduce infiltration on cold air.
6. Use the Sun
The sun is an incredible source of heat. Open up your curtains where the sun is facing during the day to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill effect.
7. Check Registers
Make sure your registers are not covered. If you have a register that is obstructed or covered in any way, it could lead to that particular room being colder than the rest of the house. If you have furniture that is blocking registers and cannot be moved, consider vent extenders that redirect the air.
8. Add a Humidifier
Adding a humidifier can help make lower temperatures feel warmer. This option can also help protect your home furnishing from the dry air. If exposed to dry air too long, furniture can splinter and crack. A humidifier can also improve your family’s overall health.
9. Reverse your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans should be moving clockwise to help push warmer air from the ceiling back down. This can help in maintaining evenly warm temperatures in your home.