When Leaves Go Brown, You Can Still Go Green!
As Fall approaches and the weather begins to cool, the following tips can help reduce the chill — and your energy bill.
Use the Sun’s Heat
— Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to keep the warmth in and the chill out.
Reduce Heat Loss from Your Fireplace
— Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning (having the damper open is like keeping a window wide open!)
— If you do use your fireplace, purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool air from the room into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room
Lower Water Heating Costs
— Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees) — you’ll not only save money, you’ll avoid scalding your hands. Note: Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Maintain Your Heating System
— Replace your furnace filters one a month or as needed, and find out what maintenance is needed to keep your system operating efficiently.
Reducing energy consumption is good for the environment! For more Fall energy saving tips, visit http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips.