Energy efficiency tips for the fall

JANUARY 23, 2018

Winter is not the only season to make sure your home is efficient. Read these tips to get your savings before winter arrives.

1. Seal all leaks around doors, windows, and electrical outlets

Save up to 20% on your heating bill. Cost of materials is typically under $20.

2. Install foam gaskets behind your electrical outlets, light switches and lighting fixtures

Or use plastic security caps to reduce heat loss.

3. Clean the chimney and get vent systems checked

Pipes must be properly connected and there should be no signs of rust or damage.

4. Clean your heating vents

Make sure they aren't blocked by furniture or drapes and that the vents are open. Vacuum out dust and pet hair from the warm air registers and the cold air returns.

5. Remove window air conditioners for the winter

If they must stay in place, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.

6. Check your water heater

If its surface is hot or even warm, some of the energy used to heat the water is being wasted.

7. Set your water heater thermostat

Your water heater thermostat should be between 43°C (110°F) and 49°C (120°F).

8. Upgrade your insulation

For a minimal cost, you can upgrade the insulation in your exterior walls, crawl spaces, basements and attics.

9. Get rid of single-pane windows

Add storms to cut heat loss by up to 50%. Better still, replace single-pane windows with energy efficient double-pane windows with inert argon gas fill, warm-edge spacers and low-e coating.

10. Replace your old furnace with a more energy efficient one

Upgrading your furnace to an ENERGY STAR® model can save up to 30% on your heating costs.