Autumn brings with it cozy sweaters, knee-high boots, pumpkin carvings, fall festivals, and gentle breezes. With so much in store, it’s no wonder that fall is the favorite time of the year for many Americans. Of course, along with autumn and breezes comes the cool air, which turns frosty at the first sign of winter.
While the fall brings with it a break from all the humidity of the summer, the colder days and nights will cause many to turn to heat solutions. It’s no wonder many look for home energy savings tips. As you move right on into the best time of the year, keep some of these fall energy savings in mind.
Lower the temperature settings on your thermostat in order to save on a chunk of your bill. The Department of Energy suggests that setting the thermostat back anywhere between 7 and 10 degrees can have an energy savings of up to 10% on your overall monthly bill. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature, especially before you go to sleep, will help your HVAC work less for significant energy savings. A smart thermostat can help you maintain the right temperature, so you don’t have to do any work.
It’s important to check your home against any cracks, leaks, or drafts that may be occurring. Windows and doors that are not adequately insulated will let out a significant portion of the air you’ve warmed inside your home, which only causes your heater to turn on frequently. You can use weather stripping to the bottom of doors or windows or even caulk to help seal any gaps which are letting out air.
If you live in a home with a fireplace, make sure to inspect it as part of the winter home energy saving tips bundle. Keep the fireplace damper closed when you’re not warming up by the fire as it will allow air to escape up and through the chimney. There are also energy efficient fire grates which push warm air toward the room and cool air up and out.
Though the fall brings cooler air, the sun can still be a natural warming solution. Open up the blinds in your home to allow as much sun to come in during the day for a way to heat your home. For areas of the home which may not get much natural sunlight, keep the blinds closed to isolate the windows and keep the warm air inside.
Maintaining your HVAC system is an important step in lowering your energy usage, and therefore, the bill you’d have to pay. Change the filter inside the HVAC on time to keep it from getting clogged up with all the dirt particles it collects. A clogged up HVAC or filter will reduce the airflow, causing the HVAC to work longer and harder for the same result.
For those homes that have radiators, placing tin foil behind it will help with heating your home. It may sound strange, but the tin foil with the shiny side facing the radiator reflects the heat toward the room instead of the wall and potentially, right outside.
Fall and winter, unlike the summer, means the air is dry and cold. A humidifier may be used to raise the humidity level inside your home, keeping you warm. Humidity can keep you warm, as it does in the summer, making a humidifier a good investment for those long cold months. As a bonus, besides keeping you warm, it can have energy savings up to 20% as it helps relieve some of the work your HVAC has been performing.
Lower the washer’s temperature when doing your laundry since most colors can be washed in cooler temperatures with the same results. Though lowering your dryer settings may be counterproductive, try and air dry your laundry whenever possible. Run both for shorter cycles to lower the amount of energy used on either heating water or running the appliance.
Families that live in a deregulated energy market have the added bonus of using a prepaid electricity plan instead of the postpaid plan. For those finding themselves in a financial bind, especially with the thought of the holidays coming up, can keep track of their spending with a prepaid electricity plan.
Much as it sounds, this plan allows the bill to be paid upfront for a certain amount of money the user sets, in return for a specific amount of electricity. A smart meter will help you track your spending throughout the month so you can make sure you don’t run out before your next allotted energy bill within the budget.
After the long hot months of the summer, it’s no wonder many look toward the fall’s cooler weather. With pumpkin carvings and fall festivals, the months leading up to winter are all the more welcoming. As welcoming as it might be, there is also the cold air that moves in. The above fall heating tips will help you save on your overall electricity bill.
Whether you review your home’s structure, such as for drafts and cracks, or take small steps inside the home, energy savings can be abundant. As an added step, you can switch to a prepaid electricity plan. Through the switch to such a plan, you are likely never to spend to more than the amount you budgeted for your electricity bill every month. Make the best of your fall and winter months by saving not only energy but the worry of the money you’d spend on electricity throughout the colder months.
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