Fall is the perfect time to save money on your utility bills. The cooler weather offers opportunities to naturally ventilate your home and your system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home throughout the day. Follow the tips below for energy saving advice during the fall season.
Fall Energy Saving Tips
Use the Sun
During fall and winter seasons, open the curtains or blinds of the windows to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Unlike the summer season where you want to block out as much of the sun’s light as you can, warming your house with the heat from sun will reduce the amount of work your heating system has to do. Open them during the day but close the curtains at night to avoid feeling the cool air off the windows.
One of the best energy saving tips is to set your thermostat for when you are home and away. Set the temperature as low as it can be when you are at home and awake while still being comfortable for the residents inside the home. When you leave for work, set the temperature 10 to 15 degrees cooler to save energy.
Keep your system maintained throughout the season for best results. It is recommended that a homeowner change their air filter monthly to reduce the amount of debris and dirt that is potentially blocking airflow. If you do not change the filter buildup will accumulate over time and decrease the amount of airflow. This will make your system work harder than it needs to be.
If your home has a fireplace, this is a great heating source that will help you to save energy in the cold seasons. It is important to know to keep your fireplace closed when not in use. The chimney acts like an open window if not closed and will allow cold air in and the homes heated air will be let out.