November 2nd, 2017

5 $ saving tips for Autumn

Home Owners Network

As the leaves transform to scarlet and orange and the nights begin to chill, we are happy to welcome in the fall season. That said, we still have some warm days ahead of us before the winter chill begins. Now is our opportunity to prepare our homes to save on heating costs.

Here are 5 great tips to help you save on your utilities this fall.

Take Control of Your Thermostat

When it comes to saving on utilities and home costs, technology is your friend. Homeowners who use a programmable, “smart” thermostat can save hundreds, or even thousands over the course of a year by making sure that their home is always at an optimal temperature for comfort and savings. Program the thermostats around usual home use patterns and at night to automate the heating savings.

Set Your Water Heater to 123 degrees

Usually, manufacturers setting is somewhere around 140F. If you don’t need your showers to be quite that hot (most don’t), this can save you around 10% on your monthly water heating usage.

Understand Peak Usage Hours

Each utility company is different but, generally, each has certain times of the day when power costs are at a premium. Contact your power company for more details – avoiding high usages tasks during peak hours can save you lots over the course of the year. Doing your laundry or showering during lower energy cost windows can add up over the year.

Simple Home Improvements

Simple improvements such as adding some insulation or weather stripping can be very easy to do and will save you money when the weather is hot or cool. Your heating dollars are, quite literally flying out the window without good weather stripping.

Get Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

While it may seem difficult to invest in something as simple as light bulbs, lighting has come a long way over the last 35 years. For example, a 40-watt LED bulb uses about 85% less energy than a standard bulb — decreasing your lighting costs significantly over time. Yes, these bulbs are considerably more expensive, but their durability and energy savings more than pay for themselves.

We hope that some of these tips have been helpful to you. Remember to use HON if you need assistance with finding a contractor to help with any home projects, need expert advice on your home equipment, or are interested in learning more about money saving technologies available for your home.


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