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5 Home Improvements that Will Reduce your Energy Consumption This Fall

As the weather cools, you don’t have to worry about soaring energy bills. This year, you can reduce the amount you spend on heating with these easy tips. Now doesn’t that make you feel warm and fuzzy?

Turn your Lights Down Low

Did you know that 20-30% of your monthly energy bill goes to lighting? You can reduce your energy consumption by switching to LEDs which only use 20-25% of the energy that incandescent bulbs use and last twenty-five times longer. You may find replacing all your lights at once expensive, but even switching out the five most used lights in your home can save you $75 a year.

Another way to save is by ditching all those pot light for task lighting. A couple of strategically-placed table lamps can help to only light the areas you need illuminated. Using lamps will reduce your overall energy usage and placing them in the corner of lightly colored rooms will help to maximize their lumen output.

Mind the Gap

You can slash your energy bill by 10-20% when caulking the gaps in your building envelope. Inspect your home for gaps around electrical and plumbing openings, lights and where the foundation meets the floor.

Check the rubber seal around your doors and windows for cracks and replace if necessary.

A draft snake will ensure your warm indoor air doesn’t escape under the door. Make your own using the tutorial here.

Up your Heating Game

Have your furnace serviced before the cooler weather sets in or do it yourself using the tips here. Changing your furnace’s filters according to manufacturer’s instructions can save 5-15% on your electricity bill.

About 20-30% of conditioned air is lost through leaky ductwork. Inspect your ducting and wrap leaks with foil tape, mastic or seal with caulk.

Do a Little Maintenance

Vacuum the coils behind your fridge once a year so that it runs more efficiently.

Sediment builds up in your water heater and needs to be drained. Get a step-by-step guide here so you can do this at least once a year.

Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket to prevent heat loss. Wrapping your pipes will do the same and prevent burst pipes too.

It’s the Little Things that Count

Consider installing a smart thermostat which will turn down the heat when you aren’t home or when you’re sleeping.

Save 13-14% when utilizing blinds and 15-17% with curtains as window coverings prevent heat loss at night. Open them in the daytime to allow sunshine in.

Switch the rotation of your ceiling fan so it’s moving in a clockwise direction.

Use power bars with timers for appliances which don’t need to stay on. Appliances in standby mode account for 10-15% of your energy bill.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

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