Easy Ways to Save Energy This Fall

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Fall is just around the corner. It's time to stop thinking about air-conditioning bills and more about your heating bill. Seal up your windows.  Any season of the year is a good season to seal up the house. You may notice leaky windows more in the fall or winter, particularly if drafts blowing in around the frame make you cold. Using a low-expanding foam sealant, start filling in any cracks or small holes you might see  in your frame work before you  caulk. Insulate your attic door.  It's a lot cooler up there in the fall.  Anytime after the third or fourth week of September, go to the attic and poke around, and look at the attic insulation.  While heat loss is generally greater through windows and walls, it's much cheaper and easier to add insulation to your attic, and you'll still save money on your energy bill. Check out your attic door itself. Your attic door can be responsible for up to 15 percent of your home's heat loss,  Just put some gasketing around them if your attic door is the type that gets pulled down from the ceiling, or add some weather-stripping around the door frame if it's the type that opens and shuts like an ordinary room door. Open the drapes. Solar heat is the best kind of heat: free. In the summer, it's best to close the drapes during the day, to prevent heat from coming in, and then open them at night to allow the heat to escape. In the fall and winter, reverse that: Keep them open to let heat in during the day, and then close them at night to prevent it from escaping.Clean your refrigerator. Refrigerators use more energy than any other home appliance, but you can make yours more efficient by keeping it maintained. Vacuum the coils on the back, or on the bottom, of your fridge, and check its temperature. Put a standard food thermometer in a small glass of water on the middle shelf; the temperature should register 41°F, which is optimal for food safety but not too cold to waste electricity.Clean Your Dryer also. Lint can build up in your dryer's hose and in the pipes running to the dryer's external vent, increasing your dryer's energy use by up to 30 percent. That not only creates a fire hazard, but it also prevents moist air from venting outside, which can cause mildew problems, particularly in winter. Simple steps like turning lights off when they leave a room, line-drying clothing, or driving less, rather than making larger improvements, such as buying more energy-efficient appliances or adding insulation to walls and windows, which energy-efficiency experts believe are more effective in reducing energy consumption. It's a great time to change filters and have an inspection of your home's heating and cooling systems. I'm sure everyone could name a few more tips for saving on our energy bills.
grandma5 posted Sep 13, 2012
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encorez
A large ceramic electric heater saved me money last winter.
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Sep 13, 2012
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branie
I am going to clean both of my refrigerators!!! The one in my basement needs a serious cleaning!! Good tips!

A few years back we found out our electric company offered a free energy assessment of our home. After the assessment was complete we received a list of things we could do to improve our energy consumption, heat loss etc. etc. We were also able to get up to $500 rebate to do it, which was awesome. So call your local electric or even gas companies and see what they offer.
branie (rep: 43.7k) posted Sep 13, 2012
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jmucha1202
Wear a sweater. :p
jmucha1202 (rep: 4.01k) posted Sep 14, 2012
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grandma5
That might work if you don't have little ones running around jmucha1202. We do turn the thermostat down & wear warm clothes but sometimes that doesn't do it. If you don't insulate your pipes will freeze where I live.(TN)
grandma5 (rep: 56.1k) posted Sep 15, 2012
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krmills1
With the price of Natural Gas so low I would think most heating bills wont be over the top this winter.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Sep 16, 2012
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gangstabarbie
Space heater is the way to go! ;)
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted Sep 16, 2012
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AgentGhost
http://www.rodale.com/ways-save-energy?page=0,0
AgentGhost (dealspl.us mod) posted Oct 24, 2012
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