We’re slowly transitioning into fall. In New England the beginning of fall usually means a sweater in the morning, a tank top in the afternoon and back to a sweater by sundown. This transition can take a toll on your energy spending as habits and routines change with the seasons.
Here are a few tips to keep your energy costs down this fall and get ready for the colder months leading into winter.
Service or Replace Furnace/Boiler – Your furnace works hard during the cold months, it has been collecting dust, and needs to be dusted off. Have your furnace serviced by a professional to make sure it’s up to par and ready to work efficiently and effectively through the cold months. If your furnace is not efficient, look into getting a replacement. An efficient furnace will provide heating for your home while saving you on your energy bill.
Utilize a ceiling fan – If you have one, a ceiling fan can be instrumental in keeping your room cool without using the air conditioning. Unknown to most people, ceiling fans can be used to warm a room as well as cool it down. Change the settings to have it rotate in reverse (clockwise) to warm up the room. Always remember to turn off your fan when there’s no one in the room to conserve energy.
Insulate outlets and light fixtures – If your electrical outlets aren’t properly insulated you can lose heat through them. You can add in foam gaskets behind outlets and light switches to prevent heat loss.
Unblock heating vents – For proper circulation of air you want to make sure your vents are not blocked by furniture or drapes. You may need to move furniture around a bit to make sure your vents can breathe freely. If your vents are not blocked you don’t have to turn up your heater too high to keep the room comfortable and warm.
Open Windows – As we know in the fall it can be cooler in the mornings and warmer in the afternoons. To help keep your home comfortable in the early weeks of fall without using your heat or A.C., you can open up windows in the morning. This helps to let the cool air in and the warm air out. Once fresh air has circulated, close the windows as it warms up outside. With proper home insulation, your rooms should stay cool.
These are just a few things you can do to save on energy this fall. One final thing you can do is get a home energy inspection. An energy inspection will help you identify if you have any energy vulnerabilities in your home. You will get simple DIY solutions if they’re easy to fix and recommendations for professionals if need be.