It’s becoming increasingly more and more relevant to learn new practices in our homes in order to conserve energy both for our pockets and the environment. Learning a few tips and tricks can make a big difference for both your wallet and the environment. Here are some of the easiest, yet most impactful ways to save a bit of extra energy (and money!) this fall.
Fall-Friendly Energy Saving Tips
- Lower the Water Heater Temperature
It’s a good idea to check what temperature your water heater is set because in many cases, it’s actually set too high. Setting it at 120 degrees is sufficient for most homes and anything higher is simply a waste. For even more efficiency, wrap your water heater in insulating material.
- Change Your Air Filters
One of the best fall-friendly recommendations is to change your air filter. Not only does it save money, it helps to alleviate those pesky seasonal allergies. Everyone is healthier and happier when your home’s airflow (including your furnace) is working efficiently!
- Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
This is one of those tips that is a small habit but can make a big difference over time. Cold water can still remove many stains and even prevents shrinking. In fact, some fabrics actually do better in cold water. Save the warm and hot water for things like underwear and towels and save energy with cold water on everything else.
- Prevent Drafty Windows and Doors
No one likes a drafty window, so if you find that you have some unwanted airflow coming in around your windows, use clear plastic film (found at home improvement stores) to tape to the inside of your windows and keep the cold air from coming inside. Draft blockers work excellently at the bottom of doors to keep drafts from sneaking in.
- Adjust Inside Temperature and Wear Layers
Setting your thermostat to 68 degrees is the recommended setting for saving energy when you’re at home. If you feel that it isn’t warm enough, try wearing an extra layer or some cozy socks since we lose a lot of heat through our feet. Doing everyday activities around the house will also keep you at a comfortable temperature.
- Open South-Facing Window Curtains
Take advantage of the sun not only boosts your mood throughout fall and winter, but helps you save energy too! Open the curtains on south-facing windows during the day and let the sun heat your home naturally but be sure to close them at night to keep your room warm.
- Add Vent Air Deflectors
Vent air deflectors are great for keeping more warm air inside your home. Vent air deflectors are placed over your vents to redirect warm air from your furnace into your home, rather than flowing up and out the window. They’re great energy savers in summer too, when you have the air conditioner on!
There are several helpful strategies that will help you save money, save energy, and stay comfortable in the coming cooler months. How much could you save this fall with these simple tips?