It's Always a Good Time to Save Energy -- Start This FallThese suggestions can help you save energy during the cold months of the year.

Take Advantage of the Sun

When the sun is shining, open the windows on the side of the house where the most heat will come in. Keep the windows on the dark side of the house closed to prevent heat from escaping.

Cover Your Windows

Use clear plastic sheeting to cover any drafting windows while the weather is cold. Reduce air infiltration by making sure the plastic is sealed tightly. If you weatherize your windows and they still feel drafty, use insulating window shades or drapes to help further save energy.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If you are home and awake, your thermostat should be set as low as possible while still being comfortable. When you are asleep or away, set your thermostat for 10 to 15 degrees cooler to save energy. A programmable thermostat can be set to do this daily without you having to worry about it.

Seal Air Leaks

Use a lit incense stick on a drafty day to find air leaks around your home. Look for air leaks around plumbing penetrations, recessed lighting, around chimneys, and around closets and cupboards. Use weather stripping around any doors or windows that have air leaks. You can use caulk to seal any other air leaks you find.

Maintain Your Heating System

You can save energy by making sure your heating system is properly maintained. Have your system inspected and any needed repairs made before the weather turns too cold. Make sure you change your furnace filter because a clogged filter forces your heating system to work harder. You should also have your ductwork inspected to ensure it is not leaking and does not need to be cleaned.

Lower the Cost of Heating Water

Heating water can equal up to 25 percent of the energy used in your home. Lowering your water heater to 120 degrees will save money and prevent scalding.

For more information on how to save energy in the Northwest Arkansas area, contact Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about saving energy and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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