Year round homeowners could get better at saving energy, but fall seems to bring out the most inefficient energy behavior in all of us.
That brisk fall wind seems to sneak up on us every year. But if you’re willing to put in a bit of extra effort and attention, you could see significant savings on your energy bill. Here are some energy saving tips to help you can stay warm and stay just a little bit richer during the fall months.
1. Regulate your thermostat use
There are a couple of things to remember when it comes to your thermostat during fall. The first is that you can usually take a couple of degrees cooler and still remain comfortable. The second is that you’re typically not home all day. According to energy.gov, if you set your thermostat to 68 degrees while at home and lower while you’re at work, you’d save 5% to 10% per year on your energy bill. Don’t just crank up the heater without thinking of your bank account.
2. Get thicker drapes and use them to regulate temperature
Ever notice how the rooms with the biggest or most windows tend to fluctuate more with temperature? You can use drapes to regulate that temperature and save on energy costs. First, get thicker and tighter fitting drapes, at least for the fall. Second, open the drapes during the daytime so that the sun can naturally heat the house. After sunset, close those thick drapes and keep heat from escaping through the window.
3. Weatherize your home
Nothing keeps your furnace running like drafty windows and doors. Check to find these drafty openings around your house. Add weather stripping to the bottom of the doors. Fix any leaks that you can find before the real chill hits.
4. Change your furnace filters regularly
If a filter is clogged, the furnace isn’t going to work efficiently to heat your home. That extra work it does to compensate for a dirty filter will cost you when it comes time to pay the electricity bill. Remember, you can often find filters sold online in bulk for cheaper than you’ll get them at a store near you.
5. Keep your ceiling fans on and rotating clockwise
We all know that heat naturally rises. Keep your ceiling fan on at a low setting and run it clockwise. This will push warm air back towards the floor, keeping the temperature throughout your home more stable. Look for a switch on the fan fixture to change the direction of its turning.
If tuning up your furnace is part of your fall energy savings plan, call (405) 796-0320 to get fast and friendly service from Baxter.