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Fall into Fall Energy Savings

Fall is officially here, with its warm sweaters, crisp temperatures and pumpkin spiced everything. For many this season is just about perfect, but that brisk chill in the air also means that many of us will start to crank up the heat, as we try to keep our homes nice and comfortable. As you head into fall, these simple tips can help you keep those high energy bills at bay and make a difference in protecting our environment.

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  1. Use an ENERGY STAR certified Smart Thermostat: For the average American household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. Being smart about how you control your temperature settings with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat will help you save money and stay comfortable in your home. ENERGY STAR smart thermostats are third-party certified to:
    • Accurately measure temperature.
    • Quickly entering a low-power standby mode when inactive.
    • Track and report equipment use and temperature data to the homeowner.
    • Provide tailored functionality and service that delivers energy savings that make sense for the individual homeowner.
  1. Use energy-efficient LED Lighting that has earned the ENERGY STAR label: The sun is going down earlier and earlier these days, and that means spending a lot more time with the lights on. Have you changed out all of your lights to ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs yet? Using ENERGY STAR certified lighting means that you are using 70-90 percent less energy than with incandescent bulbs. Making the switch not only means that you are saving over $55 in electricity bills over the lifetime of each bulb, but your bulb will also last 15x longer.
  1. Rule Your Attic: Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated? Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation are two of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort in your home.  By tackling both projects, you can maximize your comfort and save up to 10% on your annual energy bills.  A great place to start is in the attic. Check out this video and see how you can #RuleYourAttic and save big all season long.