When the warm summer air is replaced by the crisp fall breeze, it’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming fall season. By performing the following energy saving techniques, you can save money on your bills while staying warm during the cool fall months.
The temperatures are cooler in fall, but the sun is still strong, especially during the middle of the day. Use this to your advantage by opening your drapes and letting the sun’s heat warm your home. Just be sure to close them when nighttime comes.
Regulate your indoor temperatures
Regulating the temperature in your home is something you should be doing all year round, but you’ll need to adjust it slightly for fall. The Department of Energy suggests turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not at home, and then to set it as low as comfortably possible while you’re at home. 68 degrees is usually a good temperature to target while you’re at home during the fall months.
Reverse your ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can keep you cool during the summer, but they can also help keep you warm during the winter. Reversing the spin of your ceiling fans will help push warm air down, meaning your heating system will have to work less to heat your home.
Check for cracks, leaks, and drafts
In the winter months, any cracks, leaks, or drafts in your home can cause your heating system to work overtime. To prevent this, check for these during the early fall months before the late fall and winter chill arrives.
Replace your HVAC filter
Your air filter is the access point for your HVAC system’s air flow. This means that if you don’t replace the filter, dust and allergens can clog it up, reducing air flow. A reduction in air flow will put extra strain on your heating and cooling systems, so take some time to check if your filter is too dirty.
Invest in efficiency
All of the above techniques are sure to decrease your energy bill this fall. However, what will truly make a difference is by investing in energy efficient technologies—namely, appliances with the Energy Star logo, and solar panels. If you’re looking to lower your energy bill this fall, then give Empire Clean Energy Supply a call to see how we can help.