Fall energy saving tips

Summer is over and Fall is here!  Reduce your electricity bill!

I love fall.  The weather is cooler and the summer heat is gone . Another thing I love is that with the cooler weather,  my electricity bill is lower as well.  This should be the case for most of us.

We created a list of  eight  basic  home remedies that can help lower your monthly energy bill.  See how many items on the list you already knew about.  Most of the items cost very little and can save you money on your electricity bill.

  1. Insulate your light switches and electricial outlets.  Did you know you can go to home depot and purchase small insulaton inserts that go behind your switches and outlets.  This cuts down air flow that allows heat to escape your house in the winter.
  2. Seal cracks and penetrations around your exterior doors. Replace the weatherstripping if necessary.  A small opening between the weatherstripping and your door can let out a lot of warm air during the winter.  Seal around your doors to keep your house more energy efficient and thus a lower electricity bill.
  3. Replace your air filters in your house. This allows your HVAC system to run smoothly and efficiently.  If the filter is clogged, your unit has to work harder and use more electricity to heat your house.
  4. Clean the dryer vent. A clogged dryer vent can be dangerous and cause your dryer to work harder.  The harder it works, the higher your bill might become.
  5. Reverse blade motion on your ceiling fan. Did you know that most ceiling fans have a winte direction?  Flip the switch and the blades will push air up towards the ceiling instead of down towards the floor.  Heat rises so this helps the warm air go up and then out and back down the walls causing better circulation in home.  Better circulation makes it so that your HVAC system does not have to work as hard to heat your home.
  6. Use your window curtains as an insulator. Open the curtains during the day to allow heat to come in through the windows.  Close them at night to keep the heat in your house.  Do not let it escape during the night.  Your curtains become an extra layer of insulation which helps keep your electricity bill down.
  7. Check your attic insulation. If your home is older, the insulation may have compressed with time and may not be thick enough.  With added insulation in your attic, you may be able to keep your house warmer in the winter and keep your energy bills down as well.
  8. Seal all your windows. Check each window to make sure there are no cracks or gaps around the windows.  You can seal any that you find with caulking or silicone to help make your home more energy efficient.

We hope you learned a trick or two.  Making your home as energy efficient as possible will definitely keep your electricity bill down.  Fall is the perfect time to take a few minutes in the cooler air and implement a few of the tips listed above.