5 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Fall is here, and it looks like the cooler weather is settling in. As we look ahead to the cooler months, we wanted to offer some tips for saving energy (and money!) this season. Here are 5 ways to save energy this Fall:

  1. Turn down your water heater. Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. By setting the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), you’ll not only save energy – you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
  2. Maintain your home heating system. Schedule a service check-up for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  3. Find and seal leaks. Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  4. Take advantage of the natural heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  5. Consider spray foam insulation underneath your home and in your attic. Creative Conservation offers a free estimate for conditioned crawl spaces and sealing your attic space.

Source: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips


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