Colder weather doesn’t have to mean higher energy bills! Below are some tips on how to conserve energy, and money, in your home.
- After you’ve had a professional inspect your heating system, it’s your turn to take over regular maintenance. As the winter months draw closer, be sure to clean or change your furnace filter once a month. This simple chore can decrease your energy costs and keep your system in tip-top shape.
- Save energy while working in the yard by ditching your gas- or electric-powered leaf blower for a rake. Raking leaves is a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.
- Use fall daylight saving time as a reminder to schedule an appointment to have your chimney cleaned if you use a wood-burning appliance. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, soot accumulation as small as one-tenth inch can decrease the metal’s heat transfer efficiency by 50 percent.
- Install inexpensive foam inserts behind all of the outlet and light switch covers in your home. This simple project can help you save money on energy by closing off a surprising source of air leaks in your home.Need instructions? Check out this video.
- Did you know?According to the U.S. Department of Energy, around 18 percent of your utility payment is put toward water heating. One way you can try to reduce this expense is by installing an insulated water heater blanket around your hot-water tank. Be sure to follow the water heater manufacturer’s recommendations when completing this project.