Fall isn’t just all about picking fruits and getting all cozy and warm. It is also a great time to implement some energy-saving ideas to save you from spending too much on your energy bill. And as part of your preparation for the transition to a lower temperature, we have listed below seven smart ways to cut down on your energy usage when the cold season starts.
- Set back your thermostat
Setting the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees while you’re inside and lowering the heat when going to sleep or while away from home are smarts techniques to save on energy consumption. Take note that in every degree you lower the setting; you are saving about 2% on your heating cost.
- Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators
If these components are blocked by any furniture or equipment, heat won’t be able to reach the different parts of your home. As a result, your HVAC system has to work harder and longer to give your home the right amount of heating it needs.
- Change the direction of your fan
Don’t you know that reversing the spin of your fan can save you a lot on your energy usage? The warmest air in your home can be found in your roof. Running the fan in a clockwise direction will pull the warm air down to your walls and into the spaces of your home.
- Take Advantage of the natural heat
You’re not supposed to let warm air out, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make use of the sun to heat your home. Open the blinds and curtains on the areas where the sun shines most and close them at the end of the day to lock the heat inside.
- Upgrade to the LED lighting system
You’ll be using your lighting system more in the cold season than you would in the summer. It will be a big issue if you are using incandescent light bulbs so be sure to upgrade to LED lighting as early as today. LED lights use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Check for drafts and leaks
The best defense that you can give your home against poor comfort and skyrocketing energy bill is proper insulation. The moderate weather of fall is a great time to check your insulation and fix drafts and leaks.
- Have your HVAC system checked
Schedule a regular HVAC maintenance service and get your units running in good condition to ensure its efficiency and boost your energy-saving goal.
Don’t let the cool weather catch you by surprise. Take these simple tips from our professional at Rockwall One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® and save big time in the months to come. Call us for more expert advice and reliable recommendation to keep your home’s heating efficiency.