Looking for ways to save energy this autumn and reduce your utility bills? Look no further than these energy saving tips. They are also ideal for the cold months of winter. Some of them are free while others are simple and inexpensive. Energy efficiency is a topic many of us think about but never actualize. Make a commitment to save energy this autumn and stick to it. If you don’t know how to save energy, don’t worry. Follow our simple guidelines and you’ll be sure to see some changes.
Helpful Autumn Energy Saving Tips
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Set Your Thermostat to a Neutral Temperature
Set your programmable thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are like most people and like to keep your home warm when you are away or during the night, change that habit. When you go out or go to bed, lower the temperature so as to save energy. For every lowered degree, you reduce your energy usage by 2%. If you have a modern thermostat, you can even program it to go off when you are not at home.
Seal Leaks and Cracks
Seal cracks around windows, doors, and electrical outlets as heat escapes through them. While this is advisable for any season of the year, you are bound to notice leaks and cracks in fall or winter as they bring in the cold. Repair cracks in floors, walls, fireplaces, vents, and electrical outlets. The sealing material is inexpensive and will save you about 20% on your heating bill.
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Tips for Your Water Heater’s Temperature
If you never run out of hot water in autumn, chances are you’ve set your hot water thermostat very high. Before you usher in winter, set it between 110-120ᵒ Fahrenheit (43-49ᵒ Celcius). Also take a look at the water heater. If its surface is warm or hot, some of the energy heating the water is going to waste. Find ways to retain the heat by reading the user manual and tank labels.
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Energy experts like to say that the most renewable fuel of all is energy efficiency. Unfortunately, when most people think of saving energy, they think of simple things like turning off lights in empty rooms, driving less, and hanging their clothes out to dry. While all these are good, they don’t make a big impact like adding insulation to windows and walls, adjusting the thermostat, and buying energy-efficient appliances. Focus on the above autumn energy saving tips and you’ll lower your energy consumption levels drastically and reduce your power bills.
Which energy saving tips do you use in autumn?