5 Ways to “Fall” Into Good Energy Saving Habits this Autumn

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

The sun is starting to set earlier and the air feels a little crisper, which can only mean one thing — fall is upon us. The changing of the seasons is the perfect time to take simple steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Here are five simple energy-saving habits to help you prepare for the fall.

1. Let the sun do the work.

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With mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, you will naturally want to open your windows and let some fresh air inside. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let sunlight naturally heat your home and close them at night to reduce the impact of the cool night on your home.

2. Decorate your doors and windows to cover the draft.

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Being creative can actually help reduce drafty doors this holiday season. Use the season as an opportunity to decorate your doors and windows. Covering drafty windows doesn’t have to be a bore or a hassle. Use fun DYI plastic covers to keep in the hot air and block the cold from entering.

3. Adjust or program the thermostat.

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The changing of the seasons is a good time to re-examine your thermostat settings. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature while you are spending time in your home. But when you leave your home for extended periods of time, lower your thermostat or program the thermostat to lower temperatures. Taking this simple step will help you save around 10 percent a year on your utility bills.

4. Don’t let your fireplace steal your cozy energy.

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Cooler weather means cozy moments in front of the fireplace but fireplaces may also mean energy loss in your home if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. In addition, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air back into the room and add caulking around the hearth. For more energy-saving tips, visit http://energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

5. Light your house, not your energy bill.

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As you begin to decorate for the holiday seasons, make sure you use CFL’s and LED holiday light strings to reduce the consumption of energy for your light fixtures around the house. This simple step can significantly reduce the cost of decorating your home during the winter months. According to Energy Star, CFL light bulbs use 75 percent less electricity than traditional light bulbs.

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