With cozy sweaters, pumpkin carving, and crisp breezes, it’s no surprise that many Americans proclaim fall as their favorite time of the year. Autumn brings people close together to celebrate family, holidays, and yummy food – including everything pumpkin!
Follow the tips below to stay warm and save energy this fall:
- Keep your thermostat at or below 68 degrees. Regulating the temperature in your home is important and can save you money. The Department of Energy suggests turning back your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day to save up to 10% on heating costs. If you set your temperature to 68 degrees while at home and lower the temperature before going to bed, your HVAC system will have less work to do, resulting in lower energy consumption. Managing the temperature of your home is even easier with a programmable thermostat or a thermostat that you can control from your phone.
- Check for cracks, leaks, and drafts. Air leakage occurs because of cracks or gaps in in windows, doors and walls and can lead to higher monthly energy rates because it lets heat escape and cold air enter. Before it gets too cold, it’s important to check all your doors and windows for air leakage that could keep your heater running overtime. If your front or back door has space between it and the floor, add weather stripping to the bottom or use caulk to seal the gap. This will prevent excess heat from escaping and could keep your heater from running up your energy bill. Also, be sure to check out the exterior or your home – it’s common to find gaps or cracks around windows and doors or where different building materials meet.
- Take note of your fireplace. Speaking of air leakage, your fireplace may also need a little extra attention. If you aren’t cozied up by the fire, keep the fireplace damper closed. When the damper is open and there isn’t a fire burning, warm air can escape through the chimney. You should also consider purchasing energy efficient fireplace grates – these grates will draw cool air into the fireplace while pushing warm air back into your room.