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4 Easy Ways to Watch Your Energy Consumption This Fall

Published on: November 19, 2015
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As summer breezes fade away and fall temperatures start to settle in Savannah, it’s the perfect time to reconsider your energy habits. Try these four easy ways to watch your energy consumption this autumn.

Adjust the Thermostat

As cooler temperatures arrive in Savannah, chances are you’ll start to decrease air conditioner use before gradually switching over to heating. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, adjust the settings so that you use as little energy as possible, whether you’re at home or away. Many smart thermostats can control both heating and cooling, making the seasonal switch that much smoother.

Seal Cracks and Leaks

Fall is a great time to identify and address cracks and leaks, since these small openings around doors and windows can lead to major energy loss as the weather cools down. Sealing cracks and leaks can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. When you have more control over the air moving in and out of your home, you’ll have a much easier time managing pollutants, allergens, and other airborne contaminants.

Rethink the Dishwasher

Most homeowners don’t think twice about running the dishwasher in the morning, after dinner, or at any time that seems convenient. What many people don’t realize, however, is that dishwashers can waste serious energy if dishes aren’t properly prepared and loaded efficiently. By taking the extra few minutes to do this, you’ll ensure that your dishes don’t need a second round of washing. Since dishwashers produce heat and humidity, plan to run yours at night or whenever indoor humidity levels are at their lowest.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

To keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance, be sure to schedule seasonal system maintenance. Contracting an HVAC professional to perform preventative maintenance ensures that the system will enjoy a long life without wasting energy or overworking itself.

Need a professional opinion when it comes to energy consumption? Call your local cooling and heating pros at Mingledorffs at 912-480-6215.