03 Oct How to Save Energy this Fall
As the colder weather starts setting in, energy efficiency can be the last thing we think about as homeowners. Our utility bills jump so much so that according to the US Department of Energy, space heating is typically the largest energy expense in the average American home. Because space heating is responsible for nearly 45% of residential energy bills, it’s important to do what you can to save energy. While it’s important to maintain your heater, there are other great ways to save energy this fall.
The easiest way to save energy is through sealing drafty areas
Cold air has a way of finding the smallest crack and entering your home. Large windows and doors have a way of letting in drafts of cold air, so check that their seals are tight. Sometimes adding weatherstripping will do the trick but, if you’re still feeling air coming in, it might be time to install insulating drapes or shades that have a tight fit. Storm windows add another layer of protection to otherwise drafty areas. Other areas to keep an eye out for unwanted drafts are attics, crawlspaces and fireplaces. Ensuring your home is properly insulated is an easy way to save energy.
Let the sun help warm your home
We might not have long bright days, but the sun still shines in the winter. If you close your curtains during colder months you may be missing out on some awesome natural heating. During cool months, save energy by opening your curtains during the day and naturally heat your home. At night, when the sun goes away, you can close the curtains and keep the heat inside. A fun trick to try if you want to get the most out of using the sun to heat your home is to have your fans run clockwise. A fan running clockwise at low speeds can help redistribute the warmest air into the room.
Install a programmable thermostat
Energy bills are at their highest during fall and winter months. The US Department of Energy states that you can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat. Program your thermostat to be lower at night while you’re cozy in bed and make sure the whole home is at the same temperature to save energy. If you’re not used to a cooler home, you can try bundling up under a comfy throw blanket while watching TV and try leaving the oven open after cooking for some easy ways to get warm without pushing your heater to the max.
Don’t forget to pay attention to lighting
Turning off lights when you exit a room is a great way to save on your utility bills but it’s not the only way to save energy with lighting. One of the best ways is by replacing old, inefficient light bulbs with energy saving ones. Another great tip is to put your outdoor lights on a timer and if you often forget to turn off lights when you leave a room, consider motion sensor lights. Using lights only when you need them, and the most efficient bulbs can help with your overall energy saving goals.
Upgrade your heating system
Upgrading appliances can feel like an expensive hassle but it can be the key to saving over time. An old heating system often costs a fortune in utility bills and upgrading it can help lower your costs. Working with OSI Comfort Specialists can help you find the best product for your space while keeping energy efficiency in mind. Replacing your system can be the best way to conserve energy in your home. If you’re in the Long Island area and are looking to maximize energy efficiency in your home through a new heater or having your system maintained, give us a call at 516-763-1400.