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The Top 5 Ways You’re Wasting Energy This Fall

Nearly 30 percent of your energy bill comes from heating your home. While it’s not suggested that you go without heat this winter, there are several ways to cut down on your energy bill. You can help both the environment and your wallet by avoiding these five ways many people waste energy.

1. Wasting Sunlight

Keep your curtains open during the day to take advantage of natural sunlight and keep your house warm when the temperature outside lowers. Not only is sunshine good for your health, but it will also keep your home warm and help you to hold off on cranking that furnace.

2. Using a Standard Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are one of the most efficient ways to save on your heating bills when it starts to get chilly. These thermostats allow you to change the temperature only one or two degrees at a time versus swirling a dial and hoping for the best. It’s also possible to set the temperature lower for times when you are away at work or asleep to avoid heating your house when it’s unnecessary.

3. Leaks and Cracks

By the time you start feeling leaks, you’ve already wasted money on your energy bill. Once you notice the temperature chancing, it’s time to make sure any leaks in your home are sealed.

4. Forgoing Service on Your Unit

Now is the right time to make sure your heating system is ready for the cold winter months. Although it may have been just fine when winter ended last year, keep in mind that it’s been sitting idle all summer. Schedule a service call to make sure it’s ready to go when the cold hits.

5. Neglecting Your Fireplace

If you don’t use your fireplace, considering sealing it so that heat doesn’t escape and cold air can’t enter in the colder months. If you do use your fireplace, have it checked before the winter to make sure no extra air comes in through the chimney.

It’s important to prepare your heating system for winter before the cold weather hits. Call Comfortmate today at (815) 464-5288 for help avoiding energy waste this winter.