Fall Energy Saving Tips
Saving money when it comes to conserving more energy is something everyone can get behind, especially when it comes with the added bonus of helping you live greener. Here are some tips to help you save energy this fall and will likely help you save money by lowering your energy bills.
- If possible, use ENERGY STAR products as they are often more efficient than other products on the market.
- Use storm windows for windows that are single paned to help prevent leakage of air through the window; otherwise, you are paying for the air leakage. You want to keep that heat inside, rather than paying to heat the outdoors.
- Wear layers – consider putting on a sweater or covering up with a blanket before turning the heat up. This can really help cut costs.
- Turn the thermostat down at night – The U.S. Department of Energy says you can annually save approximately 10% on your heating bill by simply turning down the thermostat 10 or 15 degrees while you are sleeping.
- Seal any cracks around the windows or door frames. Sealing lessens the leakage of air to the outdoor world.
- Insulate your attic door – you likely don’t spend much time up there, and by sealing it, you can save up to 15% of heat loss.
- Open your blinds. Even though it may be colder outside, the power of solar energy is no less powerful. Let the sun help heat your house.
- Don’t heat rooms you don’t use – you can seal the vents in this rooms and redirect the air to rooms you are actually using.
- Love to decorate for the holidays? You are like many other people. Consider using LED holiday lights instead of incandescent lighting. Why? They use 75% LESS energy and last 25 times LONGER than your old lights.
These tips require varying amounts of effort on your part, but if you are serious about saving money on your energy bill, these are some of the ways you can do so this fall and winter season.
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