As summer turns to fall and the leaves begin to change, everyone is looking for ways to save a penny here or there. When the seasons change, especially in cold weather areas, a few simple adjustments can go a long way toward saving you time and money. Here are our tips for how to conserve both money and energy this fall.
Use a programmable thermostat
By using a programmable thermostat, you can help keep your cooling and heating system on a schedule. This means that your furnace is not constantly struggling to raise and lower the temperature and that your AC is not running all day while you’re at work. Smart thermostats, like the Nest learning thermostat for example, give you the ability to monitor and control your usage, offering you incentives to use less energy which will save you money.
Keep your AC and furnace tip top
Even though the fall months tend to get cooler, a sudden surge of temperature means that you may still be using your air conditioner into September and October. Your AC has worked hard all summer to keep you and your family cool, and you want to make sure that you keep your AC tiptop. Air conditioning maintenance is vital and changing your filter is one of the easiest things to do. A clogged air filter will cause your furnace system to work harder overall, which uses more energy and can cost you hundreds of dollars extra on your energy bills for the year.
Limit your water usage
Using less water in general is an easy way to save money and one of the most popular methods includes the installation of energy-efficient shower heads and aerators on faucets. These devices don’t cost much, and they are easy to install. Furthermore, they can cut down on water usage by as much as 10 to 11 liters per minute.
If you’re looking to install a new water heater for your home, you have many options. You might want to consider the added efficiency provided by tankless water heaters if you’re looking to save on energy usage. A tankless water heater uses far less energy than conventional units because it only heats the water you need when you need it. On-demand heating makes this system more environmentally friendly and cuts down on your energy bills. A tankless water heater only heats what you need, cutting down on waste by ensuring that you don’t have unused hot water just sitting around. Tankless water heaters allow a continuous supply of water — heated on demand — at a constant temperature without fluctuation.
Get rid of that second fridge
Nearly one in three North Americans have a second refrigerator in their homes, according to the Washington Post. Buying a new fridge is a great idea, but when you keep your old one working in the garage or in the basement, it means more electricity use — and higher bills. If you desperately need a beer fridge, consider a mini fridge that uses far less energy overall. Or practice your Tetris skills by simply rearranging the items in your primary fridge, making room for what you need.
Follow these steps and you’ll be saving money into fall and beyond. The extra cash you save could pay for that much needed vacation, or that new car you’ve been eyeing. Plus, you’ll be doing the Earth a favor with your environmentally-conscious upgrades.