The transition from summer to fall, especially here in the South, can be a welcome change in temperature. We are emerging from one of the hottest summers on record, and have focused on how we can minimize our energy usage to beat the heat. Well, now that cooler months are on their way we need a new strategy for energy savings!
I recently received these tips from Georgia Power and would like to share with my readers.
Tip #1: Have your heating system professionally checked.
Not only will this prolong the life of your system, it will also help you reduce your operating costs in the long run.
Tip #2: Check weather stripping around doors, windows and between heated and unheated areas of your home.
Check weather stripping in areas like garages, basements and attics to see if it needs to be replaced. If light can be seen coming through spaces, it should be changed.
Tip #3: Let the sun shine in.
On sunny days, open drapes or blinds to allow the sun to warm your home naturally and keep them closed on cloudy days and at night.
Tip #4: Switch your light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs.
ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL light bulbs provide bright, warm light while using 75 percent less energy than standard lighting and they last up to 10 times longer. Visit a participating retailer to receive 30-50 percent off select CFL 4-packs courtesy of Georgia Power.
Georgia Power also offers a free online tool to help you find a personalized plans to energy savings.
Also, one of my favorite ways to reduce energy consumption year round is by installing a programmable thermostat. When we make these small changes we reduce waste, save money and decrease our carbon footprint!