Fall Energy Saving Tips

Fall Energy Saving Tips

October is here and that means finally adjusting your HVAC system from cold to hot. With this adjustment comes an adjustment in your heating bills, which always puts a damper on your winter funds. Rather than pay high costs for your winter heating, consider the following energy saving tips that can ease the drain on your bank account during the heating months and all year long. Every home is comprised of several systems and each system consumes its share of the energy budget. The goal of any energy-saving strategy is to shrink the size of the budget by organizing and prioritizing energy-usage modifications, short-term efficiency projects and long-term efficiency projects, upgrades and system replacements as they arise. Window Treatments Windows are one of the most important components of the home’s envelope and they deserve special treatment. As much as 40-percent of a home’s heat gain/loss may occur through windows. Today – Older windows typically offer poor R-value. If you touch any window on a cold day or any sun-facing window on a hot day, you can see for yourself how substantial heat gain/loss is for your windows. Open sun-facing window coverings during the daytime (heating months) and close them at night. Short-term – Drape your windows in layers, such as utilizing close-fit blinds, sheer curtains and heavy curtains. By doing this, you can adjust coverings as needed for optimal light infusion and minimal heat loss. Long–term – Window screens and films are practical efficiency treatments that boost R-value, block damaging UV rays, and still allow light into the home. When it’s time to upgrade your windows due to improvements,...