The leaves have changed colors, the mornings are colder, and the sun now sets before the work day is over. Fall is officially here. We’ve set our clocks back an hour, and now it’s time to take steps to help save energy and lower our electric bill by preparing for fall’s cooler weather.

Keeping our homes comfortably warm during cooler months doesn’t mean electricity bills have to shoot through the roof.  For example, homeowners can easily install an affordably priced programmable thermostat that will simplify and make heating your home more efficient, reducing your electricity bill. By programming your thermostat, you won’t have to remember to turn your heat down or off while you’re away during the day and can return to a warm home later in the day.  Experts recommend setting your heat at 68 degrees when you are home, 65 at night while you sleep, and 62 during the day when you are away.

At Virginia Energy Sense we have some other tricks to lower unnecessarily high energy bills and prepare your home for the fall and winter weather:

  • You can weather-strip cracks and openings throughout your home as part of a whole-house system approach to saving energy.
  • Be sure to seal any windows, doors, fireplaces and other openings to ensure energy is not being wasted on heat that is escaping.
  • If you have ceiling fans, ensure those rotate in a clockwise direction during the fall and winter, redistributing the warmer air that rises in the room.
Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!