With the air conditioning starting to phase out and the heat kicking in, this is the awkward time of year when it’s confusing to know whether to wear shorts and sandals or boots and sweaters. With pumpkin-spiced everything and football playing in the background, it’s no surprise that fall is the favorite season of many Americans. However, the sudden switch in heating methods can cause a spike in energy consumption. More energy used= higher utility bill. Here are some ways to save energy this season:
- Switch to LED lights
Does anyone else absolutely hate burned-out light bulbs? Standard incandescent light bulbs are notorious for a short lifespan. This fall, save energy by using LED lights. They use up to 75% less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs. Not only are they extremely efficient, they can last longer than a decade.
- Reverse the spin of ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are great for cooling down rooms, but they can also have the reverse effect. Remember, warm air rises. By flipping the blades to spin clockwise, the fan will push warm air down to the floor. It will also redistribute warm air, making sure there are no cold pockets in a room. The result? You don’t have to play freeze-out when you turn down the heat to save money.
- Do chores at night
Energy companies tend to charge more during peak times: in the evening. Instead of running the dishwasher or washing machine right after getting home from work, run them at night before getting in bed. Check with your energy provider to see if they offer “dual time” rates or “flat rates.”
- Replace air filters
Your air filters can be the road block to a reduced energy bill. If you know a thing or two about heating and cooling systems, this is HVAC 101 for you. However, for most people, air filters are thought about as often as they are seen. Thankfully, air filters run about $1-2 at local hardware stores. You can buy them in bulk and replace them monthly for ideal air flow.
Regardless of the bipolar weather patterns this fall, these tips can save you $$ this season. These are just a few low-cost ways of keeping your energy bill happy. Have fun experimenting with more ways to lower your utility bill.