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PHOTO ESSAY: Energy-Saving Tips for Fall

The heat and humidity of summer can be hard on your home, and your heating and cooling system. Soon, the weather will turn cooler and night will be longer. Take action now to make sure your home is ready to keep you comfortable when the cold weather comes.

Doors and windows

Tips:

  • Replace worn weather stripping around all doors and windows.
  • Caulk around gaps in windows and doors.
  • Install storm doors if you don't have them.
  • Consider replacing older windows with newer, more energy-efficient models.

Insulation and air sealing

Tips:

  • Hire a contractor to ensure that your home is insulated according to recommended levels for your area. Install insulation as needed.
  • Use expandable caulk to seal around gaps in exterior plumbing and wiring access.
  • Seal gaps in attic knee walls, soffits and basement rim joints by stuffing in pieces of insulation.
  • Add foam insulation gaskets to electrical outlets and switches on external walls (remember to turn off the power first).

Heating system

Tips:

  • Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your furnace.
  • Clean vents and other heating system components.
  • Replace your furnace filter regularly throughout the heating season.
  • Install a Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostat, which can save energy by automatically adjusting temperatures according to your schedule.

Outside

Tips:

  • Replace any missing or damaged roof shingles.
  • Clean gutters and make sure downspouts point away from your house.
  • Make sure flashings around the chimney and vent pipes are sealed tightly.
  • Trim tree limbs that are touching or hanging over your house.

Get a home energy audit

Autumn is the perfect time to hire a qualified professional to perform an energy audit or assessment of your home. Your auditor will inspect your home, inside and out, to uncover energy waste. You'll receive a targeted set of recommendations that will improve the comfort and efficiency of your home this fall and all year long.

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