3 Tips to Keep Your Home Energy Efficient Throughout the Fall
As fall kicks in and the home heating season approaches, many homeowners resign themselves to high energy costs and sub-optimal home comfort. But this fall season can offer you plenty of opportunities for energy savings and green living in your energy-efficient home. Here are a few ideas to try.
1. Light for ambiance
You may be getting less sunlight than usual, but that doesn’t have to spike your energy use. In addition to switching to fluorescent lighting, consider fall-scented or colored candles and LED string lights for a festive air. And there’s still enough sun to charge solar walkway lights, which make your yard more attractive.
2. Inspect chimneys and flues
If you have a fireplace, this is the season to start using it. But even if it’s not in use, you should make sure to have it inspected: not only will built-up dust and debris degrade your indoor air quality, but drafts moving through the fireplace may cause heat loss. An energy-efficient home is a well-sealed home.
Fall leaves and wilting Jack-o-Lanterns are prime candidates for a compost bin or pile, and as an added bonus, clearing the area around the external parts of your HVAC system (such as the air intake for your furnace or condensing unit for a heat pump) improves operation.
Fall is a lovely time of year, and we encourage you to make the most of it in a comfortable, efficient home.
For more information, contact Sobieski Services today. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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