The change in seasons from summer to fall can signal that it's time to change a few energy-saving habits. With temperatures cooling down in most of the United States, there are a few simple energy-saving habits that can help you conserve heat, energy, and even save money.
If your doors, windows, or walls have leaks, cracks, or drafts, heat is escaping and cold air is entering your home. This can lead to higher energy bills in cold weather months. Take time to check all of your doors and windows for air leakage and add weather stripping or caulk so seal any gaps.
Keeping your thermostat at or below 68 degrees can really help to cut down on heating costs. In fact, for every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2% on your heating bill. If you lower the temperature of your thermostat at night, your HVAC won't have to do as much work, and you'll save even more energy. Some people find programmable thermostats to be helpful in managing the temperature of their home.
The air filter in your HVAC is what filters your home from dirt, dust, and allergens. Because the air filter is the access point for your HVAC's air flow, not changing it can lead to clogs and unnecessary usage of energy. The reduced airflow puts a strain on your HVAC system, so checking your filter monthly is a good idea. It can also be helpful to subscribe to an air filter deliver service so it's one less thing to think about.
The sun can be a great source of heat for your home if you open the blinds or curtains of south-facing windows at the start of the day. The sun will warm these rooms without your home using energy. Close your curtains or blinds at the end of the day to lock in the heat from the day. If there are areas of your home that don't get a lot of sun, try to keep the windows covered to lock in heat.
Most people know ceiling fans are useful for keeping cool in the summer, but they can also keep you warm in the winter. By changing the direction of the blades to clockwise, your ceiling fan will allow warm air to push back down instead of simply rising. Utilizing ceiling fans can also evenly distribute warm air throughout your home, which saves on energy costs and keeps you warm.
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