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Welcome fall by celebrating National Energy Awareness Month

Posted Oct. 9, 2019

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October means football season, pumpkin lattes, Halloween costumes and many other fun seasonal changes. October is also observed as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources.

Recognizing the significance of the energy-water nexus, the U.S. Department of Energy has chosen to dedicate this year’s campaign to promoting both energy and water conservation. Energy and water are highly connected, and there is ample opportunity to reduce waste of both resources.

Energy efficiency tips for fall

An energy audit is a great first step to increasing energy efficiency at home. An audit can help explain energy consumption, identify losses and evaluate possible improvements. Professional auditors perform thorough audits using a variety of techniques and equipment, and many include a detailed assessment with careful examination of the residence and past utility bills.

It’s also possible to perform a simple energy audit at home without hiring a professional. By taking the time to analyze energy consumption and implementing efficiency upgrades, consumers can save up to 30% on utility bills.

During the fall, lower temperatures cause electricity bills to increase due to continuous use of heating systems, which account for 42% of residential energy use. It can be tempting to turn up the heat as temperatures drop, but consumption can be minimized by ensuring HVAC systems are properly maintained. Dirty filters can slow air flow, making the system work harder, wasting more energy.

Air leaks and improper insulation can be another major source of heat loss. Consumers can reduce heating bills 20% by checking air leaks around walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fixtures, switches and electrical outlets. Even better, install a programmable thermostat to prevent unnecessary energy use and improve those savings by an extra 10%.

This October, as you observe Energy Awareness Month, use it as a reason to adopt new habits and achieve lifelong energy savings.

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