The weather is already starting to get colder, and for most homeowners in the United States, that means preparing for a higher electric bill. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you prepare your home for the cooler weather and improve your overall energy efficiency, you can lower your electric bill and reduce your energy consumption.
Try these steps to prepare your home for fall:
- Invest in energy saving curtains. Energy saving curtains are specifically designed to add a layer of insulation to existing windows, which otherwise might leak air and reduce the efficiency of your heating system. Purchase these curtains to block those leaks and keep your home warmer more consistently.
- Ensure your furnace is working properly. If your home uses forced air heating, make sure your ductwork is cleaned out and operating efficiently. Or, if you can afford the upgrade, consider purchasing a more energy efficient furnace.
- Seal your windows. If you have windows that let cold air into the house, seal the outside by using caulk. Alternatively, you can purchase over-window plastic wrap that seals the inside of the window, leading to better insulation.
- Purchase a space heater. If you own a large house, there’s no reason to heat every single room at the same time. Purchase a space heater to control the amount of space you pay to heat.
- Program a new thermostat. It’s also a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat, which you can use to remotely control the temperature of your home.
These steps will lead you to a warmer, more energy efficient autumn. If you’re interested in more ways to save money on your electric bill, consider switching your electricity supplier to Star Energy Partners!