Halloween is over, we’ve set the clocks back, and temperatures are getting cooler. There’s no denying that fall is here to stay – and the current cold snap has let us know that winter is soon to follow. These simple tips will help you save energy and money all season long. (Some of them might surprise you!)
68 is the magic number. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when heating your home. Every degree above 68 can increase your heating costs by a whopping 3-5 percent!
Set it and forget it. Take advantage of programmable thermostats. Set the temperature on your HVAC thermostat to a comfortable level and leave it there. (And if you have a gas furnace, you can set your thermostat to automatically turn the heat down at night and when you’re away.)
Small isn’t always mighty. Despite what you might think, space heaters use a lot of energy and can increase your monthly bill. If you have energy efficient central heating in your home, use that instead.
Don’t forget your maintenance. There are three things to remember regularly. When your fireplace is not in use, make sure your damper is closed; check or replace filters once a month; and clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators, and be sure they aren’t blocked.
Hello sunshine! Besides providing Vitamin D, sunlight helps heat your home for free. Open drapes and let the sun stream in!