September 22 was the first day of fall. By implementing a few strategies inside and outside, you can help ensure your fall expenses drop along with the temperatures.
The cooler autumn months are the perfect time to take in the great outdoors! Take advantage of free local activities like strolling through a nearby nature reserve. Fall is also prime season for landscaping and many nurseries discount perennials, shrubs and trees this time of year.
Inside your home, a few specific changes in energy use can save on utility costs throughout the fall and winter months. The Department of Energy suggests these simple and inexpensive actions that can help you save energy and money:
- Take advantage of heat from the sun. Open curtains and south-facing windows during the day to let the warmth of the sun heat your home.
- Adjust the thermostat. By turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours while you’re asleep or away, you can save up to 10% on home heating bills.
- Cover drafty windows & seal up the leaks. Look for air leaks throughout your home and add caulk or weather-stripping to leaky doors and windows. Tight-fitting drapes or window shades can also help block out cool air.
- Maintenance is key. Perform routine maintenance on heaters and furnaces, and be sure to replace air filters regularly to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
For more tips to save on everything from water heating to holiday lighting this fall and winter, visit the Department of Energy’s website.