Who doesn’t love autumn? The leaves change, wardrobes shift to cozy sweaters, and cafes overflow with patrons asking for warm mugs of spiced coffee. But this season is rife with energy waste as homeowners attempt to keep warm during the increasingly chilly months. However, decreasing temperatures don’t need to lead to increasing energy costs. Implementing a few of these quick, creative fixes in your home will keep you warm, save energy, and lower your monthly utility bill. Save by thinking sustainably this fall!
Change your fan’s direction.
Believe it or not, the direction of your fan could have an impact on how well heat circulates in your house. Make sure that your fan blades spin clockwise – this pushes warm air from the ceiling to the floor and insures that warmth stays near you, rather than by the ceiling.
Mind your blinds.
Always open your blinds on sunny days. Doing so will allow natural light (and heat!) to filter into your home. With no cost to you, this is a quick and easy way to warm your home during the daytime. That said, be sure to close the blinds at night so that the heat you took in during the day doesn’t slip out through the cool windows once the sun goes down.
Put lids on your pot when you cook.
This is a small change, but it makes a significant difference! Adding lids to your pans while they are on the stove will cause your food to warm faster and cut down on your cooking time, saving you time, energy, and money.
Check your tires.
Interestingly enough, cooler temperatures have the potential to lower tire pressure and thereby lessen fuel efficiency. Check your tires periodically to make certain that your vehicle is as fuel-efficient as possible in the fall!
Adjust your thermostat.
Your dog probably doesn’t need the house heated to tropical temperatures after you head to work in the morning. Set your house thermostat to a reasonable temperature (below 68 degrees Fahrenheit) while you are awake and in residence, then lower it accordingly whenever you leave or sleep. Avoid cranking up the heat! Setting the thermostat to a higher temperature will not warm the house any faster than setting it to a reasonable one. A few adjustments throughout the day can make a world of difference.
Insulate your windows.
Cold air can slip in through the tiniest of cracks – so seal up your windows! Stretch insulating film across your windows, and make sure that your mail slots and door cracks are covered. Keeping in heat is better than continually replacing the heat you lose to your windows!