Fall is awesome for many reasons. Our favorite part? Lower temps usually mean lower energy expenses too. Ok, so we’re kind of nerdy, but what can we say? We love helping you save! So even though fall is much cooler than summer, it’s still a great time to save energy and money (especially with holiday shopping coming soon). You won’t believe how simple these tips are. Check out these five easy ways to save!
1.Dial your thermostat back.
Setting your thermostat back just a few degrees only takes five seconds, but could save you up to $30 a month. That’s roughly six pumpkin spice lattes! The Department of Energy recommends dialing it back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours to save up to 10% on heating costs. You know what’s an even better idea? Getting a rebate on a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat!
2. Cool your (water) jets.
Heating up water is more expensive in cooler weather. So don’t let your dishwasher and washing machine hog all of your hot water. Lower your dishwasher and washing machine’s temps, and lower your energy usage too.
3. “Leaf” your A/C alone.
Fall weather in Oklahoma can be unpredictable. One day it’s cool and windy, the next it’s warm and muggy. So if you’re keeping your A/C on standby, be sure to keep leaves away. The buildup from leaves, sticks, and other debris blocks airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially raising your utility bills too. The moisture from the leaves can even cause sensitive components to rust. Yikes!
4. Let the sunshine in!
Let the sunlight heat your home by opening the curtains on your south-facing windows. It’s a natural way to warm your abode, and helps keep your heating costs down too. Just remember to close them at night to keep the warm air in and cold air out.
5. Reducing drafts is key.
Reduce indoor drafts by installing covers on your keyholes, letterboxes, and electrical outlets. It may not seem like a lot, but keeping warm air in and cold air out can help make your home more comfortable. Hey, every little bit helps, right? Want to save all year long? Get more energy saving tips, or sign up for our rebates and programs, at PowerForwardwithPSO.com!