5 Energy-Saving Tips for Autumn

With colder Michigan weather ahead, now is the time to fall into energy savings. Here are five tips to save energy and
money:

  1. Give your lights a facelift – Colder Michigan months mean less daylight hours. Turn in your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  2. Schedule some heating TLC – Have your heating system tuned and inspected by a service professional before each heating season. Heat loss from a poorly maintained system adds up over time, sometimes at a rate of 1 to 2 percent a year
  3. Freeze your harvest – Want autumn fruits and vegetables year round? Now is the time to store your pickings in the freezer. You’ll save energy by keeping a full, but not packed, freezer.
  4. Seal in your savings – More than 50 percent of energy used for winter heating leaves homes through uninsulated walls, floors, ceilings and attics. Properly sealed and insulated ducts can also
    reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more.
  5. Give your stove and oven a break- Small appliances, such as crockpots, electric frying pans and microwave ovens may be more energy efficient than your stove or oven.