More Tips for Reducing Energy Costs

  • Caulk is best for sealing air leaks through cracks and gaps less than one-quarter-inch wide on fixed objects, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s also best to use during dry weather when the temperature is above 45 degrees.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter if it has been more than three months since you last gave it some attention. This simple task will save energy, keep your furnace running longer, and could help fight fall allergies.
  • Install storm windows if your home has older, single-pane windows. According to the Residential Energy Services Network, storm windows could slash heat loss in half once winter arrives.
  • If you have an older electric water heater, wrap the storage tank in an insulating blanket. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, this could reduce standby heat loss from the tank by as much as 40 percent.