Fall Energy Saving TipsSeptember 18, 2019
Fall is an amazing season! The weather tends to be a perfect combination of mild and dry. Gone are the days of hot, humid weather. And, of course, there is the spectacular show that the leaves put on for leaf peepers all across New England.
As the weather changes, there are some steps homeowners can take to help reduce the energy consumption in your home. Before you head out to check out the foliage, take a quick look at our fall energy savings tips to keep your bills from skyrocketing this season.
Switch Out Air Conditioning Units
If you do not have whole-house air, you probably survive the steaming summers with window air conditioners. The fall is a good time to switch out those window units for fans or just allow nature to cool your rooms. The amount of electricity used by AC units can really be a huge part of your electric bill. The sooner you can stop using those, the better.
Schedule a Heating Check-Up
Schedule a regular maintenance check for your HVAC system. Filters should be cleaned or changed out and your furnace should be checked for efficiency. Cleaning heat registers, air vents, and/or radiators should be done annually as well. While you are thinking about heating, make sure that the furniture is not blocking the heat source. Rearrange your sofas, chairs, or shelving if they happen to block the flow of air.
Dial Back Your Thermostat
As we start to enter the cooler months, you may be tempted to turn on the heat for the cooler nights. If you do find that necessary in the coming weeks, adjust it to the coolest level that’s comfortable for you and your family. Better yet, get a programmable thermostat that you can set for varying times of day, or to be on only when you are home.
Consider Going Solar
If you haven’t thought about this yet, you are missing out. Adding a solar energy system to your home can reduce or outright eliminate your electric bill! Talk to our installers at BlueSel to find out how many panels you would need and if your house is a good candidate for solar.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
If your home has ceiling fans to help circulate the air, remember to reverse their rotation for the fall and winter months. Your ceiling fans can easily keep you cool, but they can also help keep you warm. If you reverse the direction to clockwise, your ceiling fans will push warm air back down. Remember that heat rises so pushing it back down to your living area will keep your main living areas warmer as the weather turns cooler.
Take a Look at Your Water Heater
Regardless of whether your water heater runs with electricity or gas, you will want to be sure it is set to an appropriate temperature and that it is wrapped to ensure no heat loss. Wrap the heater in an insulating blanket. Be sure to check your user manual and labels on the tank first.
If you are looking to lower your energy bills, talk to the professionals at BlueSel. We can examine your home and let you know if solar can help you. Contact BlueSel today at 781-281-8130, or visit our website.