Fall is finally here! Cooler weather, sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes have made their debut for the season. While Fall is a popular time of year for most people, figuring out how to keep your energy usage in check and your utility bills down isn’t so popular. With the fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable climate here in Minnesota, it’s hard to decide when to turn off your A/C and turn on your furnace.

If you’re worried about high utility bills this season, here are some ways you can make those utility bill prices fall this Fall.

 

Turn off A/C, open windows

Fall weather is mild, so when the weather is nice, turn off your A/C and open the windows!

 

Keep blinds/window coverings open during the day

Keeping window coverings open during the day lets sunlight come into your home and warm it up naturally. Do this on colder days to keep from turning on the furnace.

 

Adjust your thermostat when your leave the house

If no one will be home or affected during the day, consider turning your A/C down, or off, on warm days and turning your furnace temperature down on cold days. When you get home, re-adjust the temperatures to your comfort level, it won’t take long to get the temperatures back to where you need them.

 

Invest in a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a good way to make sure you’re always saving money by having your house at the perfect temperature all the time.

 

Find and seal air leaks

Seal air leaks around doors and windows in your home to avoid losing warm air and causing your furnace to work harder. You can purchase sealing kits at most home department stores, or get creative with socks, rags, towels and other garments around the home.

 

Lower your water heater temperature

Water heaters account for about 18% of the energy your home uses. Turn your water heater temperature to the “warm” setting, which is about 120 degrees.

 

Schedule regular maintenance on your furnace

Regular maintenance is important for the life and efficiency of your furnace. Fall is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up. Schedule a furnace tune-up with us today, or consider investing in regular maintenance (and peace of mind) with one of our Service Plan Partner programs

This Fall, don’t let the worry of your utility bills affect the time you spend enjoying the season. Let us help you keep the utility bills low and your home comfort high. Simply schedule your next service call online or give us a call. We’ll be ready – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.