The humidity is breaking, the temperatures are dropping, and the holidays are approaching. But as we head into cooler months, one thing can sneak up on us without warning: a high electricity bill. So let’s look at a few ways we can save energy this season.
Let the Sunshine In
During the day, open your curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Not only is the sunshine good for you, but it naturally warms up rooms without having to crank up the heat. The only downside? Windows can also be a source of heat loss, so when the sun goes down, close your curtains and blinds so the cold air doesn’t start seeping in.
Find and Fix Air Leaks and Drafts
As the weather grows colder, you may notice certain parts of your home feel drafty, especially around doors and windows. Check weather stripping and the seals around door frames, insulate windows, and give your attic and basement a once-over. Just checking these things and making small but necessary changes can save you money.
Close Vents in Unused Rooms
If you have rooms in your home that you rarely use, like a spare bedroom or a storage space, make sure to shut the vents and keep the doors closed. This will keep you from paying to heat unused spaces.
Heating System Checkup
Aside from changing your air filter every month, you’ll want to have professionals check that your system is functioning properly and using the right amount of energy. It’s best to do this earlier in the season so you aren’t stuck waiting days for someone to show up.
Throw Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse
A ceiling fan’s job isn’t over just because the hot summer days are behind us; it can also keep you warm in the winter. For the cooler months, set your ceiling fans to blow air clockwise to push warm air that has risen back down into the room. Ceiling fans are also good for distributing warm air evenly throughout a room.
Nab an Energy-Efficient Space Heater
Energy-efficient space heaters are great for small areas such as bathrooms because there’s no heat loss through ducts. Check the square footage a space heater can handle before purchasing so you know it will sufficiently heat your room, and make sure you don’t use it on carpet.
Even in the off position, some appliances continue to draw power, so try to make it a habit to unplug your appliances to save energy.
Opt for LED
Whether you’re planning an extravagant Christmas light display or just due for new light bulbs, always opt for LED. While they may cost a little more upfront, they use 75% less energy than your typical lights.
Sources: Direct Energy, Energy.gov, Provider Power