This Halloween, let the ghoul times roll by casting a little energy efficiency hocus-pocus on your home. Follow these simple tips to scare up some savings on your energy costs.
Light up that inflatable pumpkin. Change the lightbulb inside inflatable decorations to an LED bulb, and remember to set your inflatables on a timer; the motor that keeps those haunted Halloween decorations inflated could also increase your energy costs if it runs all day and night.
Calculate, then decorate. Use the holiday lighting cost calculator on our website to get an idea of how your powered decorations will impact your energy bill.
Clear off the cobwebs. Schedule a fall furnace tuneup and change the filter to improve your system’s efficiency and prevent any spooky issues this winter.
Don’t let your furnace put a spell on you. Lower your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re away collecting candy or anytime you’re gone for more than a few hours. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat and schedule the temperature to decrease when you’re away from home and overnight.
Fend off energy vampires. Did you know that electronics like cellphone chargers consume phantom power even when they’re not in use? Use a smart power strip or unplug electronics when you’re not using them to save as much as $100-$200 a year.
Right-size your cauldron. Match your pot or pan size with a similar-sized burner. Your witches’ brew will use heat more efficiently and be ready sooner.
Ward off goosebumps. Is that chill in the air something sinister, or just a drafty window? Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal gaps and cracks around your home and keep warm air inside to save energy.
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