As summer comes to an end and the first leaves begin to fall, it’s a great time to take advantage of the comfortable temperatures to prepare your home to help you save money and energy this winter. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Set up My Account. Don’t wait! Our online energy management tools show you how much energy you are using, while the “Bill to Date” feature lets you know what your bill costs are to date at any time during the month. You can also view tips based on your energy saving goals.
- Warm up your system. Service your heating system before winter begins. A well-maintained system will last longer, operate more efficiently, and save you money. This also helps minimize the potential for carbon monoxide exposure, which can occur if home heating equipment is not properly tested, serviced, and maintained.
- Keep it sealed. A poorly sealed house is costlier to keep warm. Caulk around doors, windows, and any openings for utility services. Using the locks on your windows also helps make a tighter seal that is more resistant to drafts. If you have a fireplace, keep your damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Upgrade your insulation. Insulating your home can significantly reduce your heating costs, while also increasing the comfort of your home. Reducing air leaks around floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, doors, windows, vents, and plumbing could cut your home’s average monthly energy bill by 10 percent.
- Prepare your windows. Remove screens and air conditioners from windows and install storm windows.
- Shorter days and longer lights. Adjust outdoor lighting timers as the nights grow longer. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to replace older incandescent bulbs with new energy efficient LED bulbs.
As the temperatures drop, your energy use tends to rise. Don’t let cold weather surprise you on your first winter energy bill by implementing a few of these simple tips. Not sure where to start? Visit bge.com/waystosave or call us at 1-877-685-7377. Our experts can point you in the right direction to fall into savings this season.