With Fall here and the weather turning colder, now is the time to make sure that your home is working for you, not against you. There are several quick projects you can do in a weekend to make your home more comfortable for the upcoming winter months. Not only will these projects increase your comfort, they will also help lower your energy usage and utility bills.
• Heaters will soon be warming up our houses all over Sonoma County on cold and rainy days. Make sure they are working as efficiently as possible by replacing their filters every 2-3 months.
• Weatherizing your home by caulking and weather-stripping any leaky doors and windows will help keep heat inside and cold air outside.
• Letting the sun warm your house is free. Allow solar heating by opening the shades and curtains on the south side of your home during the day, and close them at night to help retain heat.
• Keep your thermostat set to 68 degrees (and 60 degrees at night, if you have a programmable one). For every degree that you lower your thermostat you will save about 2% on your heating bill.
• Don’t let warm air escape out your chimney; close the fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use.
• You can save money on your utility bill by turning the water heater down to 120 degrees.
If you’ve already done these steps and you want a closer look at how efficient your home is, SCEIP’s free, online Action Plan tool is your next step. Click here or call the staff at Energy Independence at 707-565-6470 to find out how PACE financing can help you upgrade your home.