Tips to Make Your Energy Bills Fall this Autumn
As temperatures cool and the days get shorter welcoming the fall season, it’s not uncommon for energy bills to rise. Thermostats turn up and lights stay on longer, but your utility bill doesn’t have to increase. Some smart changes and smart technology can help you rake in the energy savings this fall.
Optimize your home for the seasonal changes with these cost-cutting tips:
Automate Your Lights
A lighting control system can reduce your utility bill up to 40%. Save energy by automatically turning lights on and off based on the time of day, room occupancy and natural light available. Adding motion sensors to outdoor lighting and switching lightbulbs to more energy efficient CFLs or LED bulbs will also increase energy savings.
Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater
Your water heater can account for up to 25% of your home’s energy usage. Set your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees for optimum energy savings.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Heating and cooling accounts for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. Home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Utilizing a programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust settings based on the weather conditions. You can program it to set back 10-15 degrees when you’re not home and set it to turn up just before you return. Save even more by lowering the thermostat before you go to bed. Adding blankets for warmth instead is a cost-effective way to save even more on your utility bills.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Reversing the direction on your ceiling fans during the colder months will help push heat down into the room (hot air rises) and take some of the burden off your heating system.
Change Your Air Filter
Dirty air filters force your home to work extra hard, not to mention release dust and other allergens into the air. Replacing your air filters on a regular basis is a simple way to reduce energy costs. A good rule of thumb is to check your air filters every month.
Purchase Motorized Window Coverings
Installing automated shades in your home can result in an energy savings of up to 30%. Motorized window coverings allow you to program when shades open and close based on your heating needs. On cold days, program your shades to raise when the sun is at its highest to help warm up your home. Closing your shades at night will help keep the heat inside.
Check Your Fireplace
Keeping your fireplace clean and checking to make sure the damper is closed when it’s not in use will help you reduce heat loss in your home. It’s also a good idea to avoid using the fireplace and the heating system at the same time.
Seal Air Leaks
Sealing air leaks will help to keep your home energy efficient. Locate any air leaks by checking windows, doors, attics and electrical outlets for drafts. Installing weather stripping or caulking cracks will help seal air leaks and reduce any heat loss, resulting in a savings of up to 20%. It’s a good idea to have the insulation checked as well.
Enjoy the crisp fall weather and long, cozy evenings without worrying about increasing utility bills. You’ll fall in love with your lower energy bills when you employ these smart tips.