Start Saving Energy this Fall

By Brooke Drake, October 14, 2011, News

Good news everyone, according to the weatherman, it is officially fall. You can even smell the pumpkin spice latte in the air. For us in Texas, it’s even dipped below 90 degrees so we are excited about the change of seasons.

What better time than now to get a leg up on making some energy saving updates to prepare for the upcoming cool weather. Here are a few energy saving tips that can help you save money in the fall and into the winter.

  • Seal Leaks. We have touched on this before, but by adding weather stripping around doors can be an easy way to save energy. It keeps warm air from escaping and cold air from entering. Using the same theory for your windows works too. Since warm air escapes through windows and electrical outlets, sealing them will save energy. Seal windows by using caulk and to seal outlets, install foam gaskets, all can be found at most hardware stores.
  • Chimney. Hire someone to clean your chimney once a year to eliminate soot and creosote, which can cause a fire. They will also inspect the chimney flue, vent and pipes to make sure all is connected properly.
  • Solar Heat. If you don’t have curtains, this would be a good time to put some up. By keeping curtains open during the day, it can provide free heat from the sun. In the evening, by closing them, it will keep the heat inside.
  • Water Heater. Set your water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit at all times will decrease your heating bill. Also, it is safer for children as it prevents injuries caused by hot water.

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