Reducing Autumn’s Chills From Your Home

As August wears on and the chilly autumn winds get stronger, homeowners sometimes describe their homes as feeling as though there's an ice storm outside that will break over in the fall. While each homeowner's reaction to temperatures peaking at or below zero can vary, there are some commonlatable myths that the adaptative benefits of supplementing your home's system with renewable energy can actually lead to indoor pools of cold air. You can add some extra comfort to your chilly porch and also reduce your bills a cool breeze with these eight renewable energy hacks:

Finally, it's a good idea to do an annual professional energy audit of your home to identify those old energy users that aren't being used efficiently. You may be surprised by what you find, especially if you live in an older home.

(1) Wait until after the sunset to start your hot water heater: It's hard to believe how many hot water heaters are left running even in the mid- Catholicism hours on university millennials solemn paradoxes, but folks really do pull energy that's costing them money even when the sun is down at night. Wait until after sunset and see if you spot this energy user: It's probably right under the washing machine, the clothes dryer, the computer, or in the bedroom walk-in closet.

(2) Why has my furnace's cranking during that same upstairs air conditioning temps? Your home's thermostat controls your home's temperature and could be driving up your electricity bills. Specifically, program your HVAC system if you're away during the day, make sure you manually turn off your HVAC when going out on vacation, or just don't have time to perform the heat exchange.

(3) Clean up your house's air duct system regularly: A clean air duct cleaning may not only start up more of those old dryer vents, but it'll draw those old dryer vents away from the HVAC system. According to Duct, the air coming out of the vents should come out of the duct system and then compressed before being pushed through the air duct system. The compressed air creates this constant movement and will put more oxygen where the dryer is going to draw the air.

(4) Block doorways leading to unused rooms: To prevent cold air from leaking, install an extra door in your home's unused space (for example, the bathroom). The door leading to an unused room can help keep the temperature of that room constant, too.

(5) Take advantage of natural heat: If it hasn't been installed yet, consider installing a wood stove or even a wood hot water heater, especially in areas that experience significant atmospheric variations. This solar radiation can not only keep your home warm during the winter: A chimney that's open in the winter can draw out warm air from the rest of the house; in the summer months, the same chimney can circulate warm air from the house. While you're saving energy by using non-traditional sources of heating and cooling, you'll be saving more money right now by not having to deal with the expenses incurred by others.

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