Fall is upon us! With moderate temperatures and the sun still present, it’s the perfect season for maximum energy savings in the house. The following tips will help you save a few dollars on your energy bill and prepare your home for winter.
Summer is over – it’s time to adjust your energy use
Despite what you might think, summer is a very energy consuming season. Pool, air conditioning, water irrigation system are all energy-gobbing sources. Adopting a few good habits in the fall will allow you to reduce your power consumption to a more reasonable level:
- Turn off devices you no longer need. The air conditioning may seem obvious… but have you thought to unplug that second refrigerator that you installed for the summer, or that special freezer for ice cream? Remember that devices in standby mode will still consume energy, so it’s important to turn them off to avoid having bad surprises on your next bill.
- Increase the temperature of your refrigerator one degree. In summer, people tend to keep their refrigerator a little cooler to enjoy icy cool drinks for example. If this is your case, consider turning up a bit the temperature of your refrigerator in the fall. A one degree increase won’t impact your food… But it will affect your electricity bill!
Take the opportunity to prepare for winter
Don’t wait for the cold to settle to start worrying about energy savings in your house: this is the time where tradesperson are the busiest. So take advantage of fall to plan effectively for changes to spend less energy.
- Locate and neutralize air leakages. The first few cool days of fall are a good opportunity to identify poor insulation areas in your home – doors, 2nd floor windows and the roof, to name a few. If your budget allows it, contact a professional specialized in replacement and maintenance work. You can also find cheaper solutions, such as installing new curtains or door cushions to cut air flow
- Get the facts on lighting. Days are getting shorter and the sun is scarcer. Now is the time to check the quality of your lighting. Start by cleaning your bulbs. This may seem ridiculous, but a dirty bulb may lose a part of its luminous power. For replacements bulbs, use energy-efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs.
Tips on managing heating
Heating is definitely an energy-related challenge as fall approaches. After we have parted ways with summer, we tend to exaggerate how we perceive the first waves of cold temperatures, and consequently heat the house in an inefficient way. Here are a few tips to avoid excessive consumption:
- Delay turning on the heat. The goal isn’t to shiver in your own home – but there are some simple solutions you can use to delay turning on the heat. Take advantage of the milder temperatures during the day to open your windows to let the heat in. But don’t forget to close the windows and curtains once night falls. Furthermore, even if it may seem obvious, put on a sweater and invest in a good quilt before you have the reflex to turn on the heater!
- Efficiently adjusting your heating. When your heater is on, set it according to the room, the time of the day, and the people in the house.
- At night, you can turn down the heat 2 to 3 degrees in the entire house.
- Remember to turn down the heat when you leave, even if only for a short time.
- As a general rule, keep the heater as low as possible to be comfortable, making sure not to go below 19 or 20°C.
- Unused rooms must be heated so they don’t cool the rest of the house, but at a relatively low temperature, around 16°C.
Fall is the right season to save energy!
With all of these tips in mind, you should be pleasantly surprised with your next electricity bill, and above all, be ready for those cold winter days. Do you have other tricks or tips to save energy in the fall? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section!