Energy Efficiency Tips
Although shorter, cooler days are upon us, there are still ways to ramp up efficiency in your home as we transition to a new season:
- Reset your programmable thermostat to reflect any changes in your fall schedule due to work or school activities.
- If you have a seasonal home on the Cape or leave for an extended period of time, be sure that the fan function on your thermostat is turned to the “AUTO” setting before you leave town. You will save yourself $50 to $60 a month on your electric bill.
- Earlier sunsets mean longer nights with the lights on in your home. Make sure you switch out any old incandescent bulbs for energy efficient CFLs.
- Fall is the best time to clean and repair your fireplace. Make sure the damper is tightly sealed when the fireplace is not is use – both cooled or heated air can escape out the opening.
- If you have single-pane windows, add storm windows to cut heat loss by up to 50%.
Safety tip: Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.