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Your Fall Energy-saving To-do List

by On Sep 18 2017

The Texas heat is dying down and days are getting shorter. Fall is here! While the weather is nice and cool outside, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the upcoming chilly fall and winter days. It can be easy to rack up electricity costs in your home without even realizing it when you finally turn on the heat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this is the average U.S. household’s electricity cost breakdown:

  • 42% Space Heating
  • 18% Water Heating
  • 6% Cooling
  • 5% Lighting
  • 5% Refrigeration
  • 24% Other

 

To reduce the amount you spend on electricity to keep your home warm on cold days, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Here’s your fall electricity-saving to-do list:
Adjust your thermostat.
Lowering your home’s thermostat is the simplest way to reduce your energy usage when it’s cold. When you leave your home, lower your thermostat by 10 degrees and turn it up again when you get home. This could save you up to 10 percent on your energy bill alone.

 

Inspect the insulation in your home.

This requires more know-how or a professional. Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, and floors. Proper insulation will help reduce costs by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Once your home has been assessed, you can decide when you need to install more insulation.


Seal air leaks.
In order to seal your home’s air leaks, you need to find them first! Most leaks will come from windows and doors that are not properly sealed, but you may also find hidden leaks in your attic. You can add weather stripping around doors or caulk the areas between windows and walls to seal them and reduce the amount of heat your home loses.

 

Maintain your heating system.

Here in Houston, we tend to focus our attention on our cooling systems. However, your heating system needs maintenance as well to maintain efficiency. Make sure your filters are changed regularly, your thermostat is displaying the correct temperature, and that everything is working properly. For a full review of your system, you will need to hire a professional.
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