Fall Energy Saving Tips

fallenergyThe holidays present a season high in energy use. From running holiday lights October through January to keeping your home warm, energy can be a big expenditure this season. Taking these steps will make your home more energy efficient, safe and comfortable during the holidays. By conserving energy this season you can reduce your utility bills and use that money for fun family activities!

Energy savings comes down to making some simple changes around the house as well as checking systems and appliances for overall efficiency. Energy draining appliances and inefficiencies in the structure can contribute to high utility bills and greater heat loss during the fall and winter seasons. Here are some tips for holiday energy savings around the house.

Regulate Lighting Displays

If you hang holiday lights, regulate use to help lower energy costs. Running holiday lights, indoors and out takes a lot of energy and significantly increases your monthly power bills. If this is something that you enjoy during the holidays, you should be prepared to see your utility bills inflate considerably. Even though lighting displays can be expensive to run, you can regulate them to help manage costs. Don’t leave lights on all night and set them on a timer if possible.

Seal, Insulate, Weatherstrip

One of the biggest contributors to heat loss and high energy bills during the holidays is gaps, cracks, poor insulation and other openings around the house. Make sure to inspect areas around doors, windows, and the foundation and seal any gaps or cracks with caulking. Weatherstrip doors and windows to prevent warm air from escaping. If there are single pane glass windows, consider upgrading these to double pane glass to help retain more heat. Check attic insulation as well to ensure that excessive heat is not escaping and infiltrating the attic. This heat buildup can lead to ice dams when a large amount of snow or ice is present on the roof.

Change Furnace Filters

The furnace is a reliable appliance that shouldn’t require too much regular maintenance, but you need to change the filter every one to three months. Furnace filters accumulate a lot of dirt, dander, and other contaminants, they should be regularly changed to maintain good air quality in the home. They also need to be replaced to ensure that the furnace can properly distribute warm air throughout your home. Furnace filters are inexpensive and easy to change, do this regularly to improve the efficiency of the system and improve heat distribution.

Keep The Thermostat Consistent

Maintaining a consistent indoor temperature will help keep your energy costs down while still providing reliable warmth. Thermostats set between 65-68 degrees are ideal to keep utility bills reasonable but not overload your furnace. During the day, you can drop the thermostat and allow any sunlight to heat your home. If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, lower the thermostat to 60-63 degrees to save on energy. Never turn the thermostat completely off during the winter to avoid potential damage to appliances or pipes.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Superior Water & Air online or by phone (208) 343-7683. Our representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule appointments for repairs or installations.