Fall is in the air and with winter approaching, here are some cool weather tips to save energy and money:
- Install a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees and lower it at night or when your not home. For each degree the thermostat is lowered for a hour period you can save as much as 3% of your total energy usage during that 24 hours.
- Replace and clean your heating system air filters for better air quality and air flow.
- Use sunlight to your advantage this winter. Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products.
- Reduce air leaks by air sealing window frames, electrical outlets, baseboards, doors, and attics. Weatherizing your windows can reduce drafts, and installing storm windows can cut heat loss through your windows by 25-50 percent.
- To learn more about these and other energy saving tips, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website.