The Ways to Conserve Energy As the Fall Approaches

Fall offers abundant autumn scenery here in Terre Haute, and it also presents an opportunity to identify ways to conserve energy. Days may still be warm, but nights tend to get chilly. You may run the air conditioner some days yet find yourself thinking of starting up the furnace after the sun goes down. To save money and stay comfortable, it helps to identify energy-saving opportunities in this transitional time of year. Here are some ways to conserve energy and help you stay efficient whether you’re keeping cool or staying snug — or a little of both.

  • Making seasonal thermostat adjustments is one of the best ways to conserve energy. As days get shorter and twilight comes sooner, you probably don’t need the air conditioner running as many hours every day. Program appropriate temperature settings at the thermostat to accommodate the seasonal transition and reduce energy consumption.
  • Air sealing is a year-round money saver. The same cracks and gaps in the structure that let hot air leak in all summer will allow warm air from the furnace to escape all winter. Identify and seal air leaks such as worn weatherstripping around doors and windows, and use caulking to fill cracks or any other structural openings that penetrate exterior walls.
  • Check the attic insulation. Heat radiating between the living spaces and the attic through the ceiling is a year-round energy waster. Many older houses are under-insulated by current standards for energy conservation. Here in Indiana, fiberglass batts or blown-in cellulose in the attic should range from a minimum thickness of 13 inches up to 18 inches.
  • Inspect the water heater. A hot bath or shower is especially welcome as the weather turns chilly. Check the water heater’s temperature setting.  Look for signs of seepage or leaks from the tank, which are signs that replacement is needed now. If your water heater is installed in the garage or other unheated space, consider adding a water heater insulation blanket on the tank to retain warmth, reduce burner cycles, and cut energy use.

Get more information about ways to conserve energy as the seasons change. Contact Paitson Bros., your year-round source for HVAC sales and service since 1922.

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