You’ve been looking forward to some relief from the hot summer weather and lucky for you, Fall is finally here. The weather is cooler, which means you will have to turn things around to help you stay warm.
With these few tips, you can save on your energy bills as you keep warm this Fall:
Set Back the Thermostat
For every degree you set back on your thermostat, you stand to save up to 2% on your utility bill. To save on energy, set the thermostat to no higher than 68 degrees when you are home, and lower every time you have to leave the house. However, make sure you don’t set it too low when you are away because of the amount of heat you will need to get it back up.
Seal Air Leaks
Heat escapes from your house through leaks in doors and windows. To get rid of drafts and seal these energy-wasting leaks, use window locks on your windows, and add or replace worn-out weather stripping at the bottom of your front and back doors.
Use the Ceiling Fan Hack
Did you know that ceiling fans can also keep you warm? Reversing the spin of the ceiling fan pushes warm air from the ceiling to the floor, and helps to distribute the heat. If you don’t already have a ceiling fan, get one for your home and use this technique to save on power bills. It’s definitely worth the investment.
Change Your Air Filters
Clogged filters put strain on and forces your HVAC system to work harder in order to keep your indoor spaces warm. This Fall, make a habit of regularly checking your filters, and replacing them as need be, and it will surely reflect on your power bills.
Take Advantage of Solar Heating
During sunny days, open the blinds and drapes, particularly those on south-facing windows, to allow the sun in to warm your home. Keep the windows closed at night to prevent this heat from escaping.
These energy-saving tips are tried and true. While everyone is rushing to just turn up the heat, you can save on your energy bills this Fall with these simple tips.
Tom serves as the Financial Consultant for Heritage Bank. In partnership with LPL Financial Services, he assists individuals, families and business owners with all aspects of financial planning including retirement.
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