Fall Energy Saving Tips
Posted on October 16, 2015 by Oozle Media
Energy Saving tips for when cooler temps start
Have you taken the necessary steps to prepare for fall? Take action today and start saving money on your energy bill. Here are some energy saving tips or you can always Contact us for any electrical inspection or maintenance needs you might have while prepping your home.
1. Seal all leaks around the windows, doors, and electrical outlets.
This is where heat escapes your home through the small cracks. These cracks should be sealed before winter and can save you up to 20% on your heating bill.
2. Programmable thermostat.
By installing a programmable thermostat you will lower your utility bills while heating and cooling your home more efficiently.
3. Clean the chimney and get the vents checked.
The chimney needs to be cleaned out before the winter season of all combustible materials that have built up along their walls. Make sure a chimney cap is present or
installed, this is an important part of your chimney keeping all unwanted elements from entering your fireplace.
4. Remove window ac units for the winter.
This means many tiny cracks for cold air to get into your home. If it can’t be taken out of the window for storage be sure to seal it up with caulking, tape, or an airtight insulated jacket.
5. If considering a furnace replacement, look for a high efficiency one.
Replacing your old furnace with a new high energy efficient one can save you up to 30% on your energy bill. Make sure there is an energy star label on your new appliance!
6. Additional insulation.
Insulation can be really cheap at the local home improvement store and cover up all areas heat may be escaping. The cheapest and easiest start with insulation is foam
weather-stripping for your front door and windows. You can buy it in batts or loose-fill and also blow it into hard to reach places like exterior walls, crawl spaces, attics, and basements.
7.Make sure you heating vents aren’t blocked by furniture or curtains.
During spring and fall when the weather is warm these become storage units or blocked off. Making sure they are free of any debris and also be sure that they are open.
8. Maintenance Water Heater.
Make sure it is working properly before the cold weather arrives and you’re left with freezing cold showers. . If anything looks questionable have it maintenance.
9. Maintenance Heating Unit.
A yearly cleaning and inspection can help prolong the life of your furnace as well as keep you warm once the weather gets cooler. Not ready for an inspection? Then be sure to change any dirty or clogged filters and clean out the furnace.