3 Tips for Keeping Your Fairfax Area Home Energy Efficient Through the Fall Holidays
The holidays are approaching, and the heating season, along with them. While many homeowners regard the cooler fall weather and all the holiday gatherings to be a naturally more expensive time of year, nothing says that you can’t save money. Here are three ways to lower your energy costs and waste this fall.
- Pay attention to heat loss. You already know that home sealing is important for energy efficiency, but there are other factors you might not have considered. For example, if you use a fireplace for heating and aesthetics, it might also provide a path for warm air to escape when it’s not in use. Fireplace doors can help to minimize the loss of air you’ve paid to heat. You might even consider giving yourself an early holiday present: a gas fireplace insert. This will not only solve the heat loss problem but also provide added warmth.
- Evaluate your lighting. The holidays are a time when electricity bills can skyrocket if you do much display lighting. Go over your lights, and swap out the old inefficient ones for newer high-efficiency LED lights. Put your lights on a timer, and instead of keeping them on all night, program them to go off at 9 p.m. or so, when most families are home and getting ready for the next day. Instead of lights, consider using candles. (Battery-operated candles are an ideal alternative if you have any safety concerns.) For more day-to-day guidance on how lighting fits into your energy goals, set up a long-term energy savings strategy.
- Put your waste back to work. If you’ve decorated or cooked with pumpkins, compost them when you’re done. And while you’re at it, evaluate your yard for landscaping improvements that could boost your home’s energy efficiency. Deciduous trees planted near windows can block heat from the sun in the summer without hindering warmth from the sun in the winter. Landscaping can actually have a significant effect on the energy performance of your home.
For more information on how to maximize performance in your energy-efficient home and more tips on how to prepare for the coming cold weather, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re happy to help homeowners in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties meet their energy goals.