5 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill This Fall
August 14, 2020
Fall is almost here, and as temperatures start to drop, you’ll probably start to see your energy bill go down.
But, cooler temperatures aren’t the only way for you to save on your energy bill this fall. Here are 5 easy ways to reduce energy usage:
Invest in a smart thermostat
Turn off lights and fans when you’re not in a room
Keep windows and doors closed when the AC is on
Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs
Get maintenance on your AC or heat pump
We’ll break down each of these tips below, so you can get a better idea of which energy-saving tips will work for you!
Energy-saving tip #1: Invest in a smart thermostat
One of the most-effective ways to save on energy bills is to invest in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat can save you money by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature and energy based on your household’s habits and cooling needs.
For example, if you leave for work at 8 am and come home at 5:30 pm, you can set your smart thermostat to increase the temperature while you’re away and cool your home by the time you get back. This way, you reduce your energy consumption during the period of time that you’re gone, but don’t return to a warm home.
Energy-saving tip #2: Turn off lights and fans when you’re not in a room
We know this can be difficult to remember, but one of the easiest ways you can save money on your energy bills is to turn off your lights and fans when you’re not in a room.
Lights and fans don’t use as much energy as large appliances like your fridge or AC. However, leaving fans or lights on for 8+ hours a day can definitely add up to a significant amount of energy used.
To help you remember to turn off lights and fans in all unused rooms, our suggestion would be to place a sticky-note reminder near the exit of each of your rooms. Because we’re so used to having lights and fans on when we’re home, it can be very difficult to remember to turn them off when we leave. However, seeing a brightly-colored post-it is probably not something you’re used to, so this may be enough of a reminder to turn your lights and fans off.
Energy-saving tip #3: Keep windows and doors closed when the AC or heat pump is on
During the fall, when temperatures start to drop, we’re all tempted to open our windows and doors to let the cool air in.
However, if your AC is still running, we’d advise you not to open your windows and doors. The same rule applies when it gets cold enough to turn your heat pump on.
While you may think that opening your windows will help your AC cool down your home, what’s likely happening is the cool air your AC is producing is escaping your home via open windows and doors. In the long run, this could cause your AC to work longer to cool your home, which can increase your energy bills.
Bottom line: Don’t open windows or doors for prolonged periods of time while your AC is running. If it’s nice enough outside to open windows/doors, we’d suggest turning your AC off to conserve energy.
Energy-saving tip #4: Replace incandescent light bulbs
Another small way that you can make an impact on your energy bill is to replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs. According to Energy.gov, CFL or LED bulbs usually use 25%-80% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
LED and CFL bulbs also last 3-25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, so you’re not only saving money on energy, but you’re also saving money on the light bulbs themselves.
Energy-saving tip #5: Get maintenance on your AC or heat pump
The biggest way you can save on your energy bills is to invest in bi-annual maintenance on your AC or heat pump. It’s important to get maintenance in the spring, before you turn your AC on for the summer, AND in the fall before you turn your heat on.
During these maintenance checks, a tech will take a look at the individual components of your AC or heat pump and ensure that everything is running efficiently. If there are parts that are not running efficiently or are damaged, a tech will make repair recommendations so that your AC can run efficiently.
And, the more efficiently your AC or heat pumps runs, the lower your cooling or heating bill will be.
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