‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice and everything nice. Or apple spice, if that’s what you prefer. Either way, fall is on the horizon. That means corn mazes, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and just about every kind of fun fall festivity has already begun creeping onto our news feeds across social media platforms.
From marshmallow mummy tutorials to all the fall family fun you can handle, no creative stone will be unturned, not even when it comes to energy saving tips in the fall.
That’s what is on the minds of the professionals at the U.S. Department of Energy, who have compiled resources galore to help families prepare for the colder winter months.
6 quick energy saving tips to be more comfortable and save on energy costs for free this fall:
- Take advantage of heat from the sun by leaving south-facing curtains open to let the warmth inside.
- Cover drafty windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic sheeting and install tight-fitting, insulating drapes.
- Adjust the temperature throughout the day, keeping it as low as comfortable during the daytime hours. The U.S. Department of Energy reports a potential savings of about 10 percent a year is possibly by reducing the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees at night.
- Leave no air leak unsealed. This is attainable by adding caulk and/or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
- Maintain your heating system by having scheduled, regular maintenance performed to assure it is operating as efficiently as possible. That means replacing your furnace filter regularly as well.
- Research shows water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in a home. Consider turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees).
Bonus Energy Saving Tips – Did You Know?
Unwanted air from the outside is most likely creeping its way into your home in all kinds of places you wouldn’t expect.
Meanwhile, research shows that 90 percent of homes in America are under insulated.
Taking proactive measures to protect your home, such as implementing proper sealing and insulating techniques, is one of many ways you can keep unwanted air out.
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, installing insulation products can save you money and make your home a more comfortable place to be.
Remember: The busiest time of the year for most roofing companies and contractors is usually late summer through the fall months. So, if you’re looking at replacing your roof this fall, you need to be looking at upgrading your ventilation system. Consider adding a solar attic fan (even if you aren’t replacing the roof).
Most energy savings opportunities with solar fans come in the summer by removing the hot, stale air in your attic. But if you missed the summer savings, there’s no reason to keep sweating. Adding a solar attic fan in the fall has added benefits, mainly preparing your home for winter.
A properly sealed, insulated, and well ventilated attic will keep your home at a more comfortable temperature while also keeping energy bills down. In addition, it will help prevent moisture buildup that can compromise the structural integrity of your roof as well as keep the growth of mold and mildew at bay.
Yellowblue’s philosophy is that “your home is where our story begins.” Let us help you make the story of your fall a little more interesting and a lot more efficient by considering our innovative, energy saving products.
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