Conserve Energy This Fall
As leaves begin to appear in bright red, orange, and yellow hues, and the kids trade their swim trunks for book bags, the feeling of fall is near. This time of year brings cooler temperatures that often cause many homeowners to reevaluate their energy consumption to reduce their energy bills. The professionals at Annapolis Propane & Fuels acknowledge your concerns regarding your energy consumption and would like to help! Our crew has provided a home energy efficiency checklist to offer alternative ways to stay warm this fall. There are many simple things you can do without even turning up the thermostat. Want to learn more? View a few suggestions below!
Home Energy Efficiency Checklist
As your go-to propane supplier, it’s our pleasure to offer a few ways to save some money this fall. The best home energy efficiency improvements are very simple things you can do every day, and in a matter of minutes! Start by considering the following:
Open the blinds! Natural sunlight brings heat into your home and provides a free heating source that is effective and good for your wallet! Curtains, drapes and blinds form a great defense against cold fall air overnight or during inclement weather.
Clean or replace your filter often! In the fall and winter months, changing your furnace filter every 30-60 days is an easy way to cut down on heating costs. To test whether your filter needs a change, hold it up to a light. If light does not shine through, it’s time to change it.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat gives you control over the temperature in your home when you’re not there, making it easy to reduce energy waste. Simply schedule a programmable thermostat once, and it will do the rest, keeping your home comfortable when it counts and more energy efficient during overnights and when the house is unoccupied.
Reduce water heating expenses. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving. Opt for showers over baths. Wash full loads of laundry rather than half loads. Install a low-flow showerhead. Purchase a Rinnai® Tankless Water Heater from Tri Gas & Oil and save energy by heating water only when you need it. All these strategies save water and reduce the energy used by your water heater.
Make sure your furnace or heat pump receives professional maintenance each year. If your system is under performing, or at the end of its life it may be time to upgrade your HVAC system.
Seal gaps with caulking or weather stripping. While a cool breeze is refreshing in the summer, in the winter it can mean you’re wasting up to 30 percent of your energy use.
Once you’ve looked over our home energy efficiency checklist, you’re in great shape to start changing your energy consumption today! If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills and budget your expenses, our Promise Plan is the program for you. Enroll in the Promise Plan today, start enjoying consistent propane prices in Maryland and equal monthly payments. Our Annapolis Propane & Fuels team is here to help. Contact us with any questions regarding our home energy efficiency checklist. We can’t wait to hear from you!