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Energy Saving Tips for the Fall

Seal Leaks
Add weather stripping around your entry doors. Heat can easily leak out through the spacing surrounding the doorway. This instantly eliminates cold drafts.

Fall is the perfect time to inspect the chimney in preparation of the first fire of the season. Hire a professional chimney sweep once a year to clean away soot and creosote, which can cause a fire. They also will inspect your flue, vent systems and pipes to make sure everything is connected and free of rust.

Every year, you should schedule an appointment with a heating and air conditioning technician to inspect your furnace before you need to turn it on to heat your home. The technician will make sure that there are no gas leaks and that everything is in working order. Be sure to replace filters regularly.
If you need a new furnace, you should consider buying one that's rated 90 percent or higher in energy efficiency.
Replacing an old furnace with a more energy-efficient one can result in up to 30 percent savings. Be sure to look for the Energy Star label.

Installing insulation could be the cheapest way to make the most impact when it comes to energy savings. Lay insulation in the basement, attic and crawl space. You also can blow insulation into the inside of your exterior walls to retain heat during colder months.

Heat gets sucked away through drafty windows, electrical outlets, light switches and other interior openings. Install foam gaskets behind outlets and switches to keep heat inside. Close unused outlets with plastic safety caps. Use caulk to seal openings around windows. Make sure your windows are locked to help keep heat inside.

Solar Heat
Open your curtains and blinds facing the south side of your home. The sun acts as free solar heating and also provides light during the daytime hours. Make sure to close all window coverings in the evening to keep heat inside.

Water Heater
Keep the temperature of your water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit at all times to save money on your heating bill. This is also an important safety precaution if you have small children. It can prevent serious injuries caused by hot water.