Tuesday, October 4, 2016
We talked about energy saving tips with your A/C all summer long, but the fall comes with it’s own set of tricks to save energy and keep money in your pocket. Prepare for the transition to lower temperatures and spending more time indoors with these tips for saving big:
Seal all leaks around doors, windows, and electrical outlets. Heat from your home escapes out of these cracks. By sealing these leaks, you can save up to 20% on your heating bill.
Remove the window air conditioners for the winter. If they must stay in place, be sure to seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.
If you’re looking to replace your furnace, opt for one that is rated 90% or higher in efficiency. Using an energy efficient furnace can lead to a savings of up to 30% in heating costs.
Check to make sure your home is properly insulated. Don’t skimp out on insulation in the exterior walls, crawlspaces, basements and attics. It’ll go a long way in keeping you warm and heating bills lower.
Consider installing foam gaskets behind electrical outlets, light switches and lighting fixtures. You can actually lose heat through these spaces, and a foam gasket or plastic security cap will minimize any heat loss.
Keep all furniture and drapes away from your heating vents. You’ll also want to make sure to vacuum and dust by the vents periodically to minimize any blockages from pet hair or debris. This will ensure the warm air is being properly circulated.
Inspect your water heater. If the surface is warm, some of the energy used to heat the water is being waster. Wrap the heater in an insulating blanket, and make sure to keep the thermostat between 110 degrees and 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure you never run out of hot water.
Are you looking to save energy and money this fall? Whether you’re looking to fix your hot water heater or need some extra insulation, A.B. May can help make your home fall-friendly! To learn more about the services offered, or to schedule service, visit our website or call us at 913-370-4898.