1. Fix those air leaks.
Look for cracks and gaps around your baseboards, doors, windows, chimneys, dormers, and the area where the foundation and the wall of your house meet. Once you find those energy consuming leaks, patch them up by applying cement, caulk or weather stripping. Your neighborhood hardware will be glad to show you how which products to use.
2. Check your heating system.
Clean all vents and make sure that none of them are blocked. Find out if it is time to buy a new heater. Even if your heater is still serviceable, you should change its filter once a month once you start using it in earnest.
3. Get a setback thermostat.
A setback thermostat allows you to program your heating system so that it will heat your home at the temperature and time you desire. This means the temperature can be set to go down when you are away and get warm and cozy when you are home. Because most, if not all, setback thermostats allow a manual override, you can then adjust the temperature as needed.
4. Adjust fan blades so that they run in reverse.
If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, it can actually help keep you warm in fall and winter. The reverse switch will make the blades run clockwise; this will help heat your house by bringing warm air (which naturally rises to the ceiling) back to the room.
5. Pay attention to the plumbing.
According to Always Plumbing & Heating, your water heater is going to be an extremely hardworking fixture in your home now that the cold is starting to set in. You can save a lot of energy by wrapping your heater with an insulating blanket and by insulating exposed pipes – particularly those that are in your garage, attic, or in a crawl space. First wrap the pipes with electrical heating tape then with foam pipe insulation. While you’re at it, check for drips and leaks, drain and shut off all sprinklers and outside taps and hoses. This will help prevent pipes from freezing over and bursting.
There are many other things you can do this fall to make your home more energy efficient. If you haven’t switched from incandescent to fluorescent or LED bulbs, this is a good time to do it. You can take your sweaters out of storage and wear them at home so you don’t have to crank up your heater. These simple ways not only help save the environment, they will also help you save money while living comfortably during the season.