Here we are at autumn. The temperatures are dropping as we walk the line of whether or not to get the heat going in our New Jersey homes. As colder months approach, it will become increasingly important to think about keeping heating costs down and keeping your heating oil furnace or boiler operating at its highest level of efficiency.
Fall Home Energy Checklist
Use this checklist as a guide for saving energy this season.
- Get your annual tune-up. If you haven’t already, contact your local, full-service heating oil company and schedule a tune-up. This is something you should do annually, to ensure you are maximizing your heating system’s efficiency potential.
- Make the most of your ceiling fans. Yes, you read correctly—ceiling fans aren’t just for summer! As the weather cools down, reverse the direction of your ceiling fans, and you’ll be warming up the air, which reduces the amount of work you’re asking your oil furnace or boiler to do. (If you’re not sure how to do this, check your fan company’s website or the manual.)
- Use a programmable thermostat. The temperature inside your home can adjust while you’re sleeping and even while you’re out. All you need is a set-it-and-forget-it thermostat. Your heating bill could drop 10%. And make a note: You can enjoy similar savings in the summer, during A/C season as well!
- Clear your vents. Make sure there is no dust or debris in and around your vents. Your heating system will experience a drop in efficiency if toys, a rug or furniture are blocking the air.
- Seal the doors and windows throughout your Garden State home. Cut out drafts with a few door sweeps, caulk and door seals. This can make a world of difference in maximizing your oil furnace or boiler’s efficiency—plus you’ll see a decrease in your bills!