The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school, and everything is suddenly pumpkin spiced. These are just some of the tell-tale signs that fall is here! Here are some of our top energy saving tips to make sure your home is just as ready for sweater weather as you are.
Fall energy efficiency tips:
- Have your furnace serviced to be sure it’s operating efficiently. Change the filter, too.
- Lower the temperature on your thermostat at night and when you’re not at home. This is especially easy to do with a programmable or smart thermostat.
- Stop air leakage in its tracks by caulking and sealing gaps around windows, doors, baseboards, and electrical outlets.
- If you have a wood fireplace, make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using your fireplace. This way, warm air won’t escape up your chimney.
- Use window insulating kits on the insides of your windows. They’re easy to install, relatively inexpensive, and help to reduce chilly drafts.
- Install LED bulbs. They use up to 80 per cent less electricity and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Let the light in! Keep window blinds open during the day to take advantage of the sun’s warm rays.
- Properly using your natural gas equipment and appliances is important. For added safety, install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector that can alert you to dangerous levels of CO gas.
- Clean your vents, radiators, and baseboard heating so air flows efficiently.
- Adjust your HRV control to match your ventilation needs. Also remember to adjust the humidity control seasonally.