Fall Energy Efficiency Tips
September marks the start of fall with the autumnal equinox which this year lands on September 22. The earth will experience close to an exact 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. This day is also the promise of cooler temperatures to come.
Perhaps you’re breathing a sigh of relief, in anticipation of cooler weather or maybe not. It can be a challenge to keep the house warm during the autumn months. Heating it efficiently is a greater challenge, but it can be done. The following fall energy tips will help.
Saving energy at home is good for the environment, but it is also very good for your housing budget. Conserving energy will assist in lowering your monthly utility bill. Creating an energy efficient home requires minimal effort and the process can be completed before the harsh, cold of winter arrives.
Seal the Warm Air in and the Cold Air Out
Eliminate the cold air drafts that waft through the cracks of windows and doors. If on a cold day you can feel the air seeping in from outside, you know there’s a problem. Weather-stripping is the answer. Add weather stripping (or caulk) to areas that are allowing the cold air in: the door to the attic, windows and doors and other cracks you discover. Clear out old, worn weather stripping and replace if needed.
Let the Sunshine In
Even on the coldest day, the sun still shines. Make use of its warm rays. Open blinds and curtains and allow the sun to warm up your home. With the added warmth from the sun, the furnace won’t have to work as hard. The thermostat reads warmer, so the furnace won’t be prompted to turn on automatically.
Speaking of the Thermostat
Save money on your heating bill by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that you could experience a 10% savings each year by setting the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees lower than you normally would. Do this for at least 8 hours per day1. Consider turning it down during the night, when your family is wrapped up cozy in bed. A smart thermostat will allow you to set the thermostat to the desired temperature and will turn the furnace on and off automatically. Set it and forget it to save energy and money.
Clean Filters Save Energy
Arguably, heating your home during the fall and winter months, could account for most of your home’s energy consumption2. Believe it or not, something as simple as switching out dirty filters for clean ones will cause the furnace to work more efficiently. The dirt and particles sucked out of the air and into the filter, block the flow of warm air. Check the system for dirty filters when fall begins, keeping an eye out during the winter months so that you can replace them sooner than later. With a NextEra Home service plan you can breathe a sigh of relief on the first day of autumn and in the weeks and months that follow. Call 833-634-6634 for more information.