Fall Energy Efficiency Tips

home in fall

Fall is here, and those cold winter nights aren’t far behind.  Don’t wait until winter to think about how you can use energy more efficiently.  Keeping your home comfortable during winter weather can be easy and less expensive.  Follow these simple tips:

  • Ensure that your attic is well insulated. Weather-strip and caulk to stop leaks around windows, doors, exhaust fans and other places where pipes or wires pass through walls.
  • Replace incandescent or halogen light bulbs with LEDs. Remember, the sun goes down earlier in the evening during the winter months, so you will be using more energy for lighting during this season.  LEDs use less energy than incandescent, halogen, and CFL light bulbs.
  • Install a water heater insulation blanket to reduce heat loss from your water heater.
  • Remember to replace your furnace filter monthly to keep it operating efficiently.
  • If you have ceiling fans, remember to change them to reverse spin to distribute the warm air in the room evenly.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to save energy during this heating season.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.  Try turning it off after the wash-rinse cycle and letting the dishes air dry.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Before you use the clothes dryer, check the lint filter to make sure it’s clean.