Energy-Saving Tips to Put Into Practice Around Your Chicago Area Home This Fall

energy-saving tipsFall is a good time to consider a few energy-saving tips that’ll keep your utility bills manageable while keeping your family more comfortable before another Chicago winter bears down on us. You can implement a lot of energy-saving ideas with little or no money invested, while other projects require significant investments and expert help.

Energy-Saving Tips for a Small Budget

Here are some ideas for trimming your energy use without spending much money on labor and materials:

  • Use windows effectively. Open window shades to take advantage of incoming solar heat and close them at night to reduce heat loss. Keep shades drawn on north-facing windows in unoccupied rooms.
  • Set your thermostat for energy savings. Set your programmable thermostat for energy savings at night and at times during the day when no oneĀ is home. It costs less to reheat your home in the morning and in the afternoon than it does to keep it at a constant temperature 24/7. If you still have a manual thermostat, get in the habit of turning the heat down 10 or 15 degrees at night or when your house will be unoccupied for more than four hours.
  • Seal air leaks. Seal cracks around door and window frames with caulk and replace weatherstripping so moving parts of windows and doors seal tightly when they’re closed.

Energy Efficiency Investments for the Long Haul

Here are some energy-saving tips that involve moderate to large investments that’ll lead to lower energy bills for many years to come:

  • Upgrade insulation. Your attic floor may be the best place to add insulation to reduce heat loss.
  • Repair ductwork. Energy loss from ductwork can keep your house cold and your utility bills high. Have your HVAC pros seal leaky duct seams and repair loose connections between ducts. Insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces.
  • Consider an HVAC upgrade. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, upgrading to a new energy-efficient system is a good investment.

Call us at Hollub Inc. for more energy-saving tips and for expert HVAC repairs and installation in your Chicago area home.

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