Here are a few helpful tips to get your home started on the right foot this fall and winter.
Control Your Temperature
Installing a programmable thermostat is an excellent way to cut your heating bills.
- A programmable thermostat can be pre-set to lower the temperature when you’re sleeping or at work. The energy savings could be significant (depending on what you set it at now).
- Lower your thermostat from 72° to 65° for eight hours a day to save up to 10% on your heating bill.
- Regularly clean or replace furnace filters, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, and keep areas in front of registers and vents clear.
- Install a new energy efficient furnace to save money over the long term. Look for ENERGY STAR®.
Insulate Against High Energy Bills
Insulation will reduce your energy bills year-round.
- Insulate your hot water heater and hot water pipes. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or get professional help.
- Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawlspaces to see if it meets the levels recommended for your area. For insulation levels specific to your location, visit the ENERGY STAR® insulations table.
- One of the most cost effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation in the attic.
Don’t Forget Your Ducts
Even though you can’t see them, your ducts may be wasting money.
- Check your ducts for air leaks. First look for sections that have been separated and then look for obvious holes.
- Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces (attics and crawlspaces) is usually very cost effective.
- Visit the ENERGY STAR® Duct Sealing Guide.
- You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the vents if your ducts aren’t insulated as they travel through unheated spaces such as attics or crawlspaces. A qualified professional can help you insulate and repair ducts.