Energy Saving Tips | Fall
Typically, in seasons like fall and spring, energy bills are lower, since the weather is more temperate and you can take a break from running the AC or heater.
Fall is the perfect time to dial back the AC and enjoy the change of seasons. Start the morning off by opening the windows to let the cool air in. In the evening, enjoy the pleasant weather on your patio or by taking a quick stroll through the neighborhood.
Toward the end of fall, prep your home for the colder temperatures by getting a tune-up on your heating system before the cold temperatures are here to stay. Fall is a great time to check your home’s insulation and fix any other energy efficiency issues before winter arrives.
How can I get the most out of my heating system?
Maintaining your home heating system is critical. Make sure your heating system is updated and tested. You should also inspect your house for leaks and check insulation.
This fall, what can I do to prepare for saving energy in the winter?
- Inspect insulation. The best way to be sure your insulation is up to snuff is to hire a professional to check the insulation throughout your house.
- Cut back on the AC. Depending on where you live, it may be fall but still be hot outside. Gradually cut back on AC usage or adjust the settings to reduce your electricity usage.
- Seal air leaks. Common places for leaks include windows, doors, attics and basements. Add weatherstripping around doors and caulking around windows to seal leaks. This helps keep indoor air in and outdoor air out.1
- Clean your fireplace and apply caulk around fireplaces to seal leaks. Maintaining your fireplace will help cut energy costs.2
- Swap out your bedding. Opt for flannel sheets or heavier blankets to stay warm at night.
- Make sure to keep up with your home heating system maintenance. This is critical to keeping your bill as low as you can in the winter. Get a home inspection or HVAC tune-up if possible.
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1 U.S. Department of Energy https://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips
2 U.S. Department of Energy https://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips
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How far in advance should I start preparing my home for winter to save energy?It is important to prepare your home heating system prior to the cold weather settling in. Start scheduling inspections before you are using the heater regularly so the service appointments and any repairs will be complete by the time you need to use the heater every day. The exact timing is different depending on weather in your area, but one month prior to regular heater use should be sufficient to start setting up heater tune-ups.
How frequently should I change my air filters to be energy efficient?Depending on the type of filter you have, changing your filter every 30 or 60 days is the best way to keep the filters clean and ensure the air flow is uninterrupted by debris. Reliant provides you with access to a convenient air filter delivery service that delivers air filters to your doorstep, helping you remember to change your air filters regularly. By signing up for air filter delivery, you can keep the air filters in your home free of dust and your HVAC moving air efficiently.