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The weather is changing and nights are cooling off. Soon the
trees will lose their leaves and people will swap their shorts and dresses for
coats and scarves! With the new season comes a new opportunity to re-evaluate
your home-energy usage and prepare for the cooler months. To help kick off your
eco-friendly home improvement mindset, Fran Campbell and Team offer a few tips
to curb your energy use and save you some money this fall and winter.
Give your furnace a tune-up.
As the temperatures begin to fall, heaters start working overtime. Give your
heating unit a tune-up early on in the season, this will ensure it runs
efficiently, economically and safely throughout the season. When you service
your furnace you will want to check and change your filter. You should check
all heating vents to make sure they are uncovered; when a vent is blocked it is
useless as heat can’t get out, and it can drive up your heating bill. You may
want to schedule an inspection and maintenance visit from a certified HVAC
technician, who can make sure your system is up to speed and catch any problems
before they become major expenses. Routine maintenance can reduce your energy
Use the sun for free
heat. That bright orb in the sky can be a great temperature control in your
residence throughout the year. During the cooler months, let the sunlight in! This will naturally heat your home. Open the curtains on your south-facing
windows during winter days to bring free heat into your home and, close the
curtains and blinds when the sun goes down to reduce the chill from
Cover drafty windows
and seal cracks. You can choose window treatments and coverings not only
for decoration but also for saving energy. Carefully select window
treatments; there are options that can reduce heat loss. However, to effectively reduce cold air
leakage you will need to caulk and weather-strip around windows to reduce air
Use ceiling fans to
your advantage. Homes that have better ventilation and airflow can be more
energy efficient throughout all seasons. Did you know, when a fan is spinning clockwise it will help trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during the cooler months. Turn
your ceiling fan on a low setting to push that hot hair back down to warm you
thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about
10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down about
10 degrees for eight hours. If you think you can do it, invest in some flannel
sheets and warm blankets and sleep while thermostat is turned down.
Invest in Energy Star
appliances. Do any appliances need replaced? This is a great time to
Energy Star qualified appliances. These refrigerators, dishwashers and
heating and cooling systems run more efficiently than older models and can
reduce your home energy use, sometimes up to 50 percent. These appliances will
help you save on your bill and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water
consumption – you’re not only saving money but helping to protect the environment!
Whether you’re hoping to save some money by reducing your
energy usage in a condo, home or office, these tips can help you get there. Part of the reason many choose to make the Lake of the Ozarks their home, or second home, are the beautiful Missouri Seasons. Are you looking for property in or around the area? The real estate team at Fran Campnell is here to assist in all your needs! We share a thorough
knowledge of the area and local market and are available to help you find the perfect property, summer, winter, spring or fall!