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Fall into Energy Savings

Grab your favorite boots and a cup of something pumpkin spiced, because Fall is officially here. For many this is a favorite time of year, as we get to turn off the air conditioning and enjoy the mild days and cooler nights of autumn. But, what you may not know is that this is the perfect time to get your home ready to save on energy during the colder months ahead. With the typical household spending about $2,000 a year on energy bills, you can save 30% (about $575) with ENERGY STAR certified products. Check out the top ways to get your home ready to save big all season long!

ENERGY STAR’s Top Energy Saving Tips for Fall

  1. HVAC Maintenance: Maintaining your HVAC system can save you money on your utility bills and improve comfort.
    • Check your furnace’s air filter once a month, especially during the heavy-use months of winter. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder which wastes energy. If it’s dirty, clean or replace it. At a minimum, clean or replace it every three months.
    • Sealing and insulating air ducts, especially those in your attic or crawlspace, helps keep the heat where you want it and can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 10%.
    • Consider a yearly professional tune-up of your HVAC system.
    • If you need to replace your HVAC system, ask your contractor about ENERGY STAR certified units. And make sure that your new energy-efficient unit is properly installed for maximum savings.
  2. Get Smart About Your Thermostat: ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats can help you save money and stay comfortable in your home, using the most innovative technology on the market. Thermostats that have earned the ENERGY STAR are independently certified to deliver energy savings and environmental benefits, as well as reliable performance, convenience, insight and control. Certified smart thermostats:
    • Learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.
    • Give you the ability to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone.
    • Feature geofencing, allowing your smart thermostat to know when you’re on the way home and automatically adjusts your home’s temperature to your liking.
    • Are third-party certified to save energy based on field data collected from more than 1,000 homes over an entire year. Learn more about certified Smart Thermostats here.
  3. Seal and Insulate: Sealing air leaks found around outer walls, windows, doors, etc. and adding insulation can save you up to 10% on your heating bills.
    • Simple fixes include installing weather stripping on doors and caulking around windows. Bigger jobs might include sealing leaks and adding insulation.
    • A good place to start is to check your attic insulation level. A good rule of thumb is that if the insulation level is just up to the top of the attic floor joists, you have less than half the recommended insulation levels for most locations in the U.S. Learn how measuring and improving your attic insulation can help you “Rule Your Attic!” as the weather turns cooler.

Happy Fall!