Fall Energy Saving Tips
Energy saving is something on many people’s minds. Everyone is looking for a way to save as much as possible. Luckily, there are things you can do to help lower your energy costs this fall with these fall energy saving tips.
The first thing to do is change your light bulbs. If you are not already using compact florescent bulbs consider putting them in. They last longer than standard incandescent light bulbs and they use 30% less energy. As nights get longer the portion of your energy use dedicated to lighting increases. Make sure to turn off lights every time you leave a room.
Get a programmable thermostat and set it for about 68. Most people like to keep their homes warm during the winter, even when they are not home, or at night. However, for each degree you drop the temperature you can be cutting 2% off your energy use for the heater. With the right thermostat, you can even program the heat to come on at a certain time so turn it off when you are not home. Keep it low at night.
Lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees can save you 3-5% on your energy bill for every ten degrees you drop it. Consider insulating your water heater and exposed pipes. This can help reduce heat loss and that means your water heater works less.
Air leak, drafts, and poor insulation can be another cause for high-energy bills. Every fall run an inspection and repair any areas that might be creating an issue. Fixing air leaks can save you 10% and insulating the attic door if you have one can save you 15% of the energy cost caused by the loss.
Clean your refrigerator and dryer. These are two high draw items. If you keep lint traps and coils cleaned out, you can increase the efficiency of these items. Fixing these items can save you 30% of the energy they use.
Have your heating system checked out every fall and have it tuned up. This can save you approximately 10% off your bill. In addition, use drapes at night to keep the heat in but open them during the day. It will help to let solar heat in. Plant trees 25ft from power lines and 35ft from the house. Choose larger trees that lose their leaves. They will shade your house in summer and allow more sun in during winter.
Energy saving does not have to be difficult or expensive. You can save a great deal of money off your energy bill during the winter by following just a few simple steps. These steps make it possible for you to enjoy the season without worry.