While families spend more time at home, they use more electricity. Luckily, mild fall weather brings with it an opportunity to save energy without sacrificing comfort.
- Take advantage of the sun’s warmth. Once you no longer need to run the air conditioner, open the curtains on your home’s south-facing windows to let the daylight in. The natural heat will stave off the need to turn on the furnace for a while. Close the curtains at night so chilly air won’t sneak into your home through exposed windows.
- Open windows on both sides of the home when it’s warm enough. That will create a nice breeze indoors and help you air the house out.
- If you have drafty windows, fall is a good time to address the problem. Cover the windowpanes with clear plastic film or hang insulating drapes.
- Use caulk to seal around indoor holes in your exterior walls for electric lines, cables, plumbing pipes and phone wires. Do the same around windows and recessed light fixtures in ceilings.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed when you’re not burning a fire.
- Keep a sweater handy. Sometimes it’s just the solution to a chilly evening that comes too early in the season to run the heater.