With fall just a few weeks away, it’s a great time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the colder weather. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area, weatherizing your home can result in considerable energy savings. With temperatures that can drop down into the low 40’s for some parts of the Bay Area, it’s a good idea to start getting ready now. Here are some helpful tips from Energy.org to help you get started.
One of the suggestions given is to adjust the thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature possible. Another great suggestion is to turn your thermostat back by 10° to 15° for the hours that you are away from your home or sleeping. This adjustment can save you up to 10% on your yearly heating and cooling bill. Amazing that such a small adjustment can create a substantial savings, isn’t it? If you want tips on installing a programmable thermostat, try this link.
Check for Air Leaks
Another suggestion is to seal air leaks around pipes and other areas in your home. There are a few places that you might not think of checking that can really make a difference. Gaps around your chimney or wood stove, recess lighting and unfinished spaces behind cabinets and in closets. Applying caulking can also be a great energy saver. Look for air leaks around leaky doors and windows. Energy.org has some great suggestions for applying caulk and weatherstripping.
Adjust Your Water Heater
Here’s one that you might not normally think of: Turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120°F. Not only will you avoid scalding your hands, you’ll save on your energy bill as well. Read here for some pointers on finding energy efficient water heaters.
We couldn’t leave window tinting off the list, now could we? In the past, some would say that installing window film has the disadvantage of obscuring your view or darkening your space. However, modern refinements have made both concerns obsolete. For instance, the 3M Prestige Series offers superior protection without changing the appearance of your windows. Learn more about the film here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We’re ready to help you to get your home ready for fall and winter.
Watch the video below to see how 3M tests their window tinting to be sure that they’re the best.