Fall is a great time to start thinking about ways to save energy before the chill of winter arrives. As temperatures begin to plunge, your energy bills can start to soar if you’re not careful. Just in time, StateWise Energy is here to provide you with some tips to help your home save energy and you, some money this winter.
Adjust the temperature
- Adjust your thermostat as the weather begins to fluctuate. When you are at home, set it as low as you are comfortable with and wear warm clothing. Studies show that for every degree decreased, your heating costs drop by 2 to 4%. When you are out for while, like at work, set the thermostat 8 to12 degrees lower and save as much as 10% on your heating bill.
- Take advantage of sunny days by allowing sunlight to naturally heat your home. Open the drapes during the day to let the warmth in and draw the curtains in the evening to trap your home’s heat.
- Add a humidifier to your home. In addition to all the health benefits, a humidifier will help reduce dryness in the air. It will also hold heat so you can keep your thermostat at lower temperatures while still ensuring optimal comfort.
Windows and Insulation
- Remove window air conditioners for the fall and winter seasons. And if you’re unable to, be sure to seal window gaps either with tape or caulking and cover the AC with a good quality cover to keep it dry from rain and snow.
- Seal air leaks in your home to conserve heat. Check walls for cracks and your windows and doors for gaps that may be allowing unwanted cool air inside. If needed, use weather stripping or caulking to eliminate drafts.
- As the days get shorter, we experience less natural light. Replace standard light bulbs with LED bulbs, including your holiday string lights. LED lighting uses much less energy and lasts a lot longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Clean light bulbs as dirty ones lose their luminous power.
- Install a motion sensor or timed external lights to keep your home safe and reduce the amount of energy you use.
- Regularly replace your furnace filters to ensure your HVAC is working efficiently. About every two months is recommended. Clogged filters make your HVAC system work harder and they can be a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria.
- Water heaters consume a lot of energy and work the hardest during the winter. Drain water and flush the tank a couple of times to get rid of sediment. Set your water heater at 110 to 120 degrees to avoid scalding and save money.
Remember, you do not need to try and implement all of these ideas in one day or even one season! By making a few simple changes to your home, you’ll be well on your way to making your home energy efficient!