The official first day of autumn began on September 22 and will last through December 21. For some parts of the country, they are still experiencing summer heat. But for the rest of the country like states in the northwest, midwest and northeast, fall has pleasantly began.
Since the fall season has just begun, now is the perfect time to implement many, if not all of the tips we’re about to list below. These tips, which are specifically geared to your home heating system, will help you save both energy and money. The temperatures are getting lower outside and as the year moves toward winter, we will be spending more time indoors.
Here are a few tips on how to transition from summer to autumn and eventually winter when it comes to keeping your energy bills low.
- For every degree you lower the temperature setting on your thermostat, you can save about 2% on your heating bill.
- Continuing from the previous tip, consider keeping the thermostat set to no higher than 68 degrees while your home is occupied and then lower it when you go to bed or when the house is empty.
- By using a humidifier, you can comfortably keep your thermostat set to lower temperatures.
- When turning on your heater, don’t crank it to a high setting. This will not keep your heat your home faster. Your home will heat at the same rate regardless of how high you set the thermostat. Setting the thermostat too high is just a total waste of money.
- If you have a ceiling fan, now is the time to reverse the direction of the blades. During the colder months of the year, your ceiling fan should be set to rotate in the clockwise direction. By doing so, this will push warm air from the ceiling to the floor which will help redistribute heat.
- Now is the time to change those dirty furnace air filters. Doing so can save you a much as 5% on energy costs.
- Are you lucky enough to have a chimney in your home? Now is the perfect time to clean it while also checking the vent systems.
- Check your doors for weather stripping and consider replacing if necessary.
- Consider wrapping your water heater in an insulating blanket which will help keep it from losing heat. It will also help your water heater maintain a consistent temperature.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to help schedule how warm your home should be at certain times of day. For example, by the time your family wakes up in the morning, the temperature would be raised automatically from its overnight setting. It would then automatically lower once everyone leaves the house and then raise again once everyone returns. This “set it and forget it” process could save you tons of money on your energy bill.
These 10 steps can help you transition your home from summer to fall. And they can also help you save money. Cooler temperatures are here to stay for a few months.