American families spend thousands of dollars each month on utility bills. As the cool weather of fall approaches, many people find themselves spending more to stay warm than they really need to. Energy saving tips for the fall can help you save significant amounts of money while keeping the cold air out.

Chimney

Fall is the best time to undertake chimney inspection to prepare it for the first fire. Consider hiring a professional for chimney repair and cleaning to rid the chimney of dirt and soot. Chimney experts also inspect vent systems, flues and pipes to ensure they are clean and free of rust.

Furnace

Schedule a yearly appointment with a heating and air conditioning technician to undertake furnace inspection. HVAC technicians help to prevent gas leaks and ensure that the heating and air conditioning system is in optimal working condition. It is important to inspect the furnace before you turn it on to heat your home.

If you are planning to buy a new furnace, consider buying one that is rated 90 percent or higher in energy efficiency. You can save significant amounts of money by replacing your old furnace with one that is more energy-efficient. Be sure to check for the energy star label when purchasing furnaces and household electrical appliances.

Insulation

Installing insulation is one of the cheapest means to save energy during fall. Install insulation in the attic, crawl space and basement. You may also blow insulation into the inside of your exterior walls as a heat retention measure during colder months.

Windows

Heat escapes from your home through electrical outlets, interior openings and drafty windows. Install foam gaskets behind switches and electrical outlets to retain heat inside the house. Use safety caps and caulk to seal unused outlets and windows spaces respectively. Close windows to retain heat inside the house.

Solar Heat

Be sure to open all curtains and blinds facing the side of the sun. This will help you obtain free solar heating and light during daytime hours. Close all window coverings in the evening to retain heat.

Water Heater

Save money on your heating bill by setting the temperature of your water heater at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not just an energy saving tip but also a safety tip, especially if you have small children. This water heater temperature setting can prevent serious injuries caused by hot water.